Steve Bruce has hinted that another free agent could be coming to train with Sheffield Wednesday.
Three out of contract players, Julian Börner, Moses Odubajo and Kadeem Harris were present at Wednesday’s Owls in the Park event on Sunday, despite their signings having not yet been announced by the club.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Bruce revealed that even with those additions, his squad is still three or four players short.
And the Sheffield Wednesday manager claimed he has the same number of ‘plates spinning’ as his side prepare for pre-season trips to Portugal and Germany.
Asked whether we can expect to see any other new faces while out on the continent, Bruce replied: “Maybe.
“It’s somebody who maybe will join us for training in the next 10 days. I wouldn’t say a trialist but somebody who’s out of contract.”
Bruce refused to shed any light on who the mystery man might be, but said of Sheffield Wednesday’s ongoing ‘soft’ transfer embargo: “I think the big thing for supporters is, yes, there’s nobody more disappointed than me at the situation we’re in.
But it doesn’t scare me. Because, Aston Villa (Bruce’s previous club) as I said, the team that got to the play-off final (in 2017/18), that lost to Fulham, five or six of them were loan players. (Robert) Snodgrass, (Lewis) Grabban, (Sam) Johnstone. I could name a few. Not quite good enough to make it.
“The team that’s got, this year, Aston Villa promoted, five of them again, different loan signings which improved the team. So that’ll probably be the step, if we’re being realistic, that we’re going to go down.”
Bruce also admitted that Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to trim their attacking options in order to fund signings in other positions, acknowledging his squad is ‘lop-sided’.
One Owls striker, Jordan Rhodes, could return permanently to Norwich City. But Bruce insisted that the Canaries have yet to make an offer for the Scotland international.