WISE OWL: Finally some signings for Sheffield Wednesday

After weeks of little movement at Hillsborough I was delighted to see new players arrive at the club.

As the Sheffield Wednesday squad flew out to Austria this week as their pre-season began there were two new faces.

Midfielder Jose Semedo signed from Carlton Athletic while Julian Bennett signed a few days earlier from Nottingham Forest.

At the same time Michael Morrison left the Owls after just seven months at the club - signing for Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Left back Bennett is an exciting prospect. The six-footer is sure to bolster up our defence and stop some of the leaks which were becoming increasingly familiar by the end of last season.

He seems like a decent all-rounder, as good in the air as he is on the floor, and knows Megson from his Forest days when he signed the 26-year-old from Walsall. A welcome addition to the squad.

Semedo, who can also play as play as centre back as well as a holding midfielder, is apparently crucial to how Megson wants the Owls to play next season.

He had been linked to a move to Hillsborough all summer and so it was nice to see the deal finally coming to fruition.

If we are to challenge for promotion - which Wednesday fans rightly expect - then we need to recruit at least one new striker.

As much as I would like to see Neil Mellor in the starting line up come August I think Wednesdayites might be starting to accept that it’s not going to happen.

With Championship clubs in the running for the player, surely Mellor would opt to play at a higher level if the right deal was agreed.

We need a strike partnership that can score us enough goals to fire us back into the Championship.

And with only Gary Madine and Clinton Morrison the only out and out recognised strikers in the squad, a forward should be priority for Megson now.

The squad are currently being put through its paces in Bad Aussee in Austria.

Real Madrid are regular pre-season visitors to the area apparently. Well if it’s going enough for the Spanish giants then it’s good enough for the blue and white wizards.

The players are training twice a day with the aim of improving basic fitness and take on Russian team Volga Novgorod next Tuesday.

They then return to England and play a friendly against Worksop Town on Saturday 16th July.