Owls stars pen new contracts

Owls stars pen new contracts

Sheffield Wednesday have secured the long-term future of several stars with no fewer than five players signing new deals.

The club have enjoyed a wonderful start to 2016, combining a 100% record on the pitch with some stellar work off of it.

Perhaps the best deal of the lot is the extension of Barry Bannan’s stay until the summer of 2019.

The cultured midfield player has been consistently superb since arriving on a free transfer (!) from Crystal Palace in the summer.

His work alongside Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson in the centre of midfield has been key to Wednesday’s progression under Carlos Carvalhal and the trio are responsible for some of the team’s most eye-catching football.

Speaking of Hutchinson, the well-loved grafter has extended his stay until the summer of 2018. Having initially signed on loan, and then as a free transfer from Chelsea, Sam has totally revived his career at Hillsborough in a deep central role.

Despite his long-term injury concerns, he has largely managed his fitness well in his two years with the club and is now considered a key asset in Carvalhal’s side.

Loovens will stay until June 2018

Loovens will stay until June 2018

Meanwhile, skipper Glenn Loovens and Atdhe Nuhiu have both added a further two-and-a-half years to their contracts. Both were members of the spine of Stuart Gray’s side which Wednesday fans and pundits alike often referenced as a good base from which progress could be developed.

Both were free transfers from the continent, with Loovens joining from Real Zaragoza while Atdhe joined in 2013 from Rapid Vienna. Loovens was initially signed by Dave Jones although never played a game under his stewardship, and was later given the captaincy by Stuart Gray and has ably led a tighter Wednesday back line ever since.

And finally, Wednesday have secured the permanent services of attacking full-back Jack Hunt.

Jack has made the right-back berth his own since joining on loan from Palace in the summer and had previously spoken of his desire to extend his stay at the club.

He joins for an undisclosed fee and will look to continue his excellent form we have become accustomed to at Hillsborough.

That only leaves Ross Wallace, Caolan Lavery, Felipe Melo, Lewis Price and Cameron Dawson out of contract in the summer (as far as first team professionals are concerned), and with Wallace’s contract containing an extension clause, it looks as if we won’t be spending June and July furiously searching for eleven players.

Will that conclude our business this transfer window? Stick with Owls Alive and our twitter feed for all the latest updates from Hillsborough.

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