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Gray impressed by new recruits

10 February 2015

  • Stuart Gray hails impact of new arrivals
  • Filipe Melo could make Owls debut this evening
  • Owls face Ipswich at Portman Road (7.45pm)

Owls head coach Stuart Gray is pleased with how the new recruits have settled in at Hillsborough.

Marnick Vermijl made his Owls debut on Saturday, while Sergiu Bus registered his maiden appearance from the bench against Cardiff.

Returning loanee Lewis McGugan was also used in the second half on Saturday and Filipe Melo is in contention to feature this even against the Tractor Boys.

Gray told the Owls’ official website: “I’ve always maintained that it’s not the team that starts, it’s the team that finishes that is the most important.

“Any sub you bring on must have an impact and I felt on Saturday, all three had an impact.

“Sergiu Bus is just lacking that sharpness but we’ve only had him in the building a few days.

“I’d love to have started with McGugan on Saturday but because he’s not trained at that high intensity, the last thing we wanted was to start him and then take him off.

“We also have Melo in contention. His English needs a little work but football is a universal language.

“The good thing about Melo is that he has been playing regularly this season, he is a very talented player, he reads the game well and his fitness levels are high.

“We have good competition in the squad.”

Elsewhere, Glenn Loovens and Chris Maguire will be absent through suspension, while Wednesday will wait on the news from Jose Semedo’s late fitness test.

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