WISE OWL: It’s an exciting time to be a Sheffield Wednesday fan

The rollercoaster season is finally over.

Finishing 15th in League One is not a good end by any stretch of the imagination but it is still an exciting time to be a Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Off the pitch last season was a great time to be a Wednesdayite. Who would have thought at the start of the season that come May we would be debt free? But on the pitch things weren’t as good.

Still it’s over now and time to look ahead to next season.

Gary Megson has his work cut out over the summer to build a team good enough to challenge for the title.

Last summer I thought Alan Irvine had created a team quite capable of winning the league - but I was wrong.

Now it’s Megson’s turn and he has already given Milan ‘the saviour’ Mandaric a list of players he wants to bring to Hillsborough.

And the 72-year-old Serbian-born businessman has promised to provide a “very competitive” budget for next season.

Finally we have a chairman willing to stump up some cash to build a team that everyone associated with the Owls can be proud of.

Who knows who will be on the team sheet in August - but it’s nice to know that players who were once out of our reach are now obtainable thanks to Mandaric’s millions.

Before the shopping begins, Megson must first decide what to do with the five out-of-contract players - Jermaine Johnson, Tommy Miller, James O’Connor, Lewis Buxton and Richard Hinds.

If I were him O’Connor and Hinds would be on their way out of Hillsborough.

They are decent enough players, but we need better if we are to challenge for the league.

JJ brings that extra bit of pace to the team and can frighten the life out of any opponent when he’s on top of his game. Megson just needs to be able to get him to play as good away from home as he does at Hillsborough.

Miller has impressed for me in midfield this season and deserves to stay, as does Buxton - a solid defender.

Another must keep is Neil Mellor, who has finished his season-long loan. We must keep the striker who has scored 20 goals in an under performing team and is a Wednesdayite at heart.

Whoever Megson brings in over the summer they need to know what to expect from League One and not spend the first half of the season adjusting because by that point the league title could be out of reach.

But they also need to be good enough to challenge for the title and be able to get three points whether it’s playing pretty, flowing football or grinding out an unattractive win.

I for one am excited at what next season has in store for Sheffield Wednesday.

Up the Owls,