Date: 4th July 2008 at 6:38pm
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Jimmy Smith’s loan signing at Wednesday could well be the start of a blossoming relationship between Premiership giants Chelsea and the Owls.

Midfielder Smith arrived at S6 on a six-moan loan deal, with a view to an extention, earlier in the week as Brian Laws looks to bolster his squad for the start of the new season.

And there could well be more Chelsea starlets heading this way after Chelsea sent a letter of thanks to the Owls gaffer for the club looked after young striker Ben Sahar during his time in the blue and white stripes last season.

The Blues are always careful when it comes to loaning players out, Scott Sinclair reportedly being denied a move to Leicester City last season because of the state of the pitch at the Walkers Stadium.

But now the Owls look to have struck a positive relationship with Big Phil Scolari’s men at Stamford Bridge, with assistant coach at Stamford Bridge Steve Clarke believing S6 was the right move for Sahar – and Smith.

‘Chelsea were delighted with the we way we looked after Ben Sahar and coached him; I received a letter of thanks,’ Laws told the Sheffield Star.

‘It’s opened a possible link for us for the future: Chelsea know that their players will be looked after if any of them come here.’

And with the current crop of youngsters at Chelsea facing a huge mountain to climb to get in their first team ahead of the likes of Michael Ballack, Deco, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, Smith’s arrival at S6 may not be the last Chelsea youngster we see arriving to play in the blue and white stripes.