Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-Owl keen to face Blades

Sean McAllister tackles Jose Semedo

Sean McAllister tackles Jose Semedo

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Former Owls midfield player Sean McAllister is relishing the prospect of renewed hostilities after signing a new contract at Scunthorpe.

The Iron’s promotion to League One under ex-Hillsborough assistant manager Russ Wilcox means they will face Sheffield United next season.

McAllister, aged 26, said: “The game that sticks out straight away from my time at Wednesday is the one against Sheffield United, so no doubt I’ll be looking forward to that.

“The local games will be important to the fans so no doubt they’ll be relishing those challenges as much as we will.

“I’m looking forward to all of the local derbies that we’ll be coming up against next season.

“There are quite a lot of local matches for us so hopefully that will mean there will be a lot of great atmospheres for us.

“They are big games against big clubs with the likes of Barnsley, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers.”

McAllister has been voted Scunthorpe’s Player of the Year, having helped them finish runners-up to Chesterfield in League Two.

He has signed a two-year deal, and says: “It’s very important for me to have the contract all signed.

“From what has happened to me in the past, I know about the uncertainty of the summer period.”

The midfielder was released by Wednesday in 2010 and has since played for Shrewsbury, Port Vale and Cowdenbeath.

He made 73 appearances for the Owls and scored four goals, after coming through their youth system.

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