Scottish winger flies in to Owls squad

02 July 2010 12:29
Wednesday complete 6th signing Sheffield Wednesday have moved quickly once more following yesterdays acquisition of Giles Coke by signing Scottish international winger Gary Teale. The winger has been linked with a move to Hillsborough over the past few weeks but it was rumoured that a late bid from League One rivals Southampton had scuppered the deal. This has now proved to be unfounded as Teale has signed a two-year deal with the Owls. The Glaswegian native began his career in Scotland with Clydebank and then moved on to Ayr where he made over 100 appearances in just over three seasons. The 31-year-old moved north of the border in 2001, joining Wigan in the third tier and helping them to promotion as champions in 2002/03. In 2005/06 he was a member of the squad that gained promotion to the Premier League. Having made more than 150 appearances for Wigan, Teale moved on to Derby County in the January 2007 transfer window. The Rams achieved promotion to the top flight at the end of that season but were relegated immediately after the following campaign. During his first couple of seasons at Pride Park Teale struggled to find his best form with any consistency and as a result was in and out of the team. He spent a brief loan spell with Plymouth in 2007/08 and an even shorter one at Barnsley the following season. Teale featured in around half of Derby’s matches last season but was released at the end of the campaign having again made more than 100 1st team appearances. The Scot has 12 international caps to his name with the last one coming in a 2-1 World Cup Qualifying victory over Iceland back in April 2009. Teale doesn’t score many goals but is know as a good crosser of the ball who is adept at playing on either flank and will add to the Owls options as they look to bounce back to the Football League Championship at the first time of asking.