Sheffield Wednesday: Owls cult hero Reda Johnson signs for non-league Eastleigh FC

Reda Johnson caused a stir when he turned up to watch Wednesday last season at Derby County
Reda Johnson caused a stir when he turned up to watch Wednesday last season at Derby County
0
Have your say

Former Sheffield Wednesday hero Reda Johnson has dropped out of league football to sign for National League side Eastleigh FC.

The 28 year old was released by Coventry City in the summer and has been snapped up by the Hampshire outfit.

The move is something of a coup for the Spitfires, due to Johnson's age and experience and many would have expected the Marseille-born defender to have been picked up by a league side.

Johnson played 87 times for Wednesday, scoring 19 times and was a hugely popular figure at Hillsborough during his two-and-a-half year spell before moving onto Coventry City.

Last season Johnson caused a stir when, while injured, instead of watching his team mates at Doncaster Rovers, Johnson rocked up at Derby County to cheer on the Owls. During the match, Johnson took off his jacket to reveal a Wednesday shirt.

Such was his popularity that in the wake of that, Wednesday fans hijacked Coventry City's Player of the Year vote, with word spreading online for Owls to chose Johnson.

Reda Johnson has joined Eastleigh FC

Reda Johnson has joined Eastleigh FC

Eastleigh are away at Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.

Reda Johnson caused a stir when he turned up to watch Wednesday last season at Derby County

Reda Johnson caused a stir when he turned up to watch Wednesday last season at Derby County

Reda Johnson in action for Coventry City against Sheffield United

Reda Johnson in action for Coventry City against Sheffield United