Sheffield Wednesday: Owls plan to keep tabs on American youngster

Sheffield Wednesday trialist Shane O'Neill
Sheffield Wednesday trialist Shane O'Neill

Sheffield Wednesday will continue to keep close tabs on Shane O’Neill despite allowing the defender to return to the US.

The Colorado Rapids centre-back spent a couple of weeks training with the Championship outfit and started in the Owls’ friendly development match with Middlesbrough last month. O’Neill, recommended to Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray by one of his contacts, impressed in their 1-0 victory.

The former US Under-20 international, who trained with Fulham last year, has been described as a “good prospect” by Gray.

“Shane has gone back to US; it’s one we will monitor,” Gray told The Star.

“It was an opportunity for Shane to come over and have a look.

“Unfortunately, in the last training session we had before the Chesterfield development game, he hurt his shoulder. We had pencilled him in to play in that game but he couldn’t be involved because of his injury which was a shame.”

The defender, a first-team regular for Rapids over the last three seasons, said it was an “amazing experience” training at Hillsborough. He tweeted: “Loved every minute of it!”

Gray, meanwhile, has confirmed Slovenian international Dejan Kelhar is running again following knee surgery. The centre-back, signed on a six-month deal following a successful trial spell, has yet to make his senior Owls debut.