Sheffield Wednesday star Tom Lees tells team-mates to 'pull their weight'

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The stand in captain has told those whose contracts expire to pull their finger out for the rest of the season.

There were plenty of changes at Leeds United this summer, with England under-21 defender Tom Lees' departure perhaps the most surprising of exits from Elland Road.

The Leeds-raised 24-year-old centre-back departed for Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in August for an undisclosed fee.

He has had an excellent season for Sheffield Wednesday, but unfortunately in recent times the form of The Owls has dipped off.

They have not won a game in the Championship since defeating Nottingham Forest 2-0 on 10th January. That has seen Sheffield Wednesday slip down the table to 11th and the play-offs look an increasingly unlikely proposition.

However, Lees, who has recently been captaining the side in Glenn Loovens' absence, has urged his team-mates to push on and fight for that final play-off spot. He especially calls on those whose contracts expire at the end of the season to prove themselves worthy of a Hillsborough stay: He told the Yorkshire Post: “With the takeover, there could be a lot of change (in the summer). I know there are a lot of people with contracts up.

“When you are in a takeover position, it might not matter whether you have a contract or not. It could be all change.

“Even if you have got a couple of years left (on your contract) you need to be thinking ‘I need to show what I can do until the end of the season, so I am here playing next season’.

“We have all got to try and show we are good enough to be in the team if additions are made next summer.

“Everyone has to focus on their individual jobs, pull their weight, and turn this around. That’s the only choice we have got.”

When Lees says there are plenty of Sheffield Wednesday players whose contracts expire in the summer he isn't joking. 14 players are free agents in the summer including the likes of Loovens, Chris Maguire, Joe Mattock, Lewis Buxton and Jacques Maghoma.

If just half of the 14 whose deals are coming to an end start to play for their jobs, then Wednesday should soon turn their recent woes around.

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