Date: 5th February 2007 at 12:42pm
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Wednesday boss Brian Laws has revealed he could dip in to the loan market when it re-opens on Thursday to provide defensive cover.

The Owls have been short at the back following the departure of Madjid Bougherra to Charlton recently and injuries to defenders John Hills, Richard Wood and Graham Coughlan.

And Laws has been forced to bring youth through to the first-team with 17-year-old centre-back Mark Beevers starting alongside Lee Bullen in the Owls last two matches – which both ended in defeat.

The Owls gaffer told the Sheffield Star: ‘We might have to go into the short-term loan market if our injuries don’t clear up as quickly as we expect; they have been slower than anticipated. We’ve had to give a debut to a 17-year-old but he was outstanding and he could be the future of the club.’

But Laws has insisted his major dealings will be done in the summer – with money still available to spend on a couple of ‘quality players’ from the sale of Bougherra.

He added: ‘I’ve identified the players I would like to sign in the summer,’ he said. ‘We ‘re working on that immediately, and making contact with individuals who will be out of contract, as we are allowed to after January.’