Date: 26th August 2008 at 1:10pm
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Wednesday boss Brian Laws has handed a trial to former Reading and Sheffield United defender John Halls this week.

The 26-year-old is without a contract and will be watched by the Owls boss this week throughout training and the reserve fixture at Shrewsbury Town on Wednesday evening before making a decision.

Wednesday are still without Frank Simek and Richard Hinds at the back, with Middlesbrough right-back Tony McMahon arriving on a month’s loan deal last week to bolster the defensive ranks.

‘John Halls is out of contract and is a good player so we have decided to take a look at him this week,’ Laws told the official SWFC website.

‘I had planned to bring him in for a trial before we signed Tony McMahon last week so we will see how things go in training and the reserve team game on Wednesday night.’

Halls was on loan at three Championship clubs last season – Crystal Palace, Preston North End and Sheffield United, and came through the Arsenal youth system before making the switch to Reading.