Dave Jones is back at his desk and eagerly anticipating the start of the 2013/14 Championship campaign.
Refreshed from a summer break, the immediate brief of the Owls’ boss is to build in earnest on the plans already set in place for the new season.
And Jones accedes to the fact that the transfer market has yet to kick into life, explaining:
“Business will really start towards the end of this month and early next month. Clubs don’t have a lot of income over the summer and don’t really want to be taking on extra wages.
“That’s why the market has been really dormant so far. There’s been the odd few moves but not too many and we expected that.
“We know what we want to do and where we need to strengthen so we can build on last season. The Championship is an unforgiving division and it is only going to get stronger with the additional money coming down from the Premiership.
“We have to make sure we progress and that’s what we are trying to do as a football club, from the academy all the way through to the first team.
“The infrastructures we are putting in place will serve us well for many years to come.”
Jones has also been buoyed by the swell of support from Owls fans, who have purchased Season Tickets in their thousands ahead of the new campaign.
He added: “I have said this before and I will say it again – I have nothing but admiration for our supporters.
“And I’m not just saying that to get them onside or anything like that, I say it because I mean it. These are tough times financially and it means a lot to the staff and the players to see their commitment with Season Tickets, which is superb.
“Their support has been outstanding and I’m sure we can count on more of the same next season.
“I feel for them because we are away on the first day and the last day and that is unusual in my experience.
“I don’t think it’s really fair but there’s nothing we can do about it.
“What we are focusing on is getting back to work and getting back up and running.
“All the staff will back at work on Monday, the players are in later in the week and then we get cracking.”