Sheffield Wednesday: Owls set to bid goodbye to longest serving player

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Sheffield Wednesday have released their longest serving senior player as they begin planning for a push for promotion from the Championship next season.

Lewis Buxton is among 11 senior players who have been told they will not be offered new deals this summer.

The versatile defender looked to have staked a case for a contract extension after a string of solid performances on his return from a long term injury for the final month of the season.

But the 31-year-old is to be released, almost seven years after first arriving at Hillsborough on loan from Stoke City.

Buxton made 204 appearances for the Owls during his spell.

Five senior players are set to open talks about new deals at Hillsborough as the end of their contracts nears.

Jose Semedo, Glenn Loovens, Chris Kirkland, Chris Maguire and Kieran Lee will all be offered new terms.

Currently, just 12 senior players remain under contract with the club.

Other players set to leave who have featured on a semi-regular basis this season are Joe Mattock, Jacques Maghoma and Kamil Zayatte.

Also leaving are Rhys McCabe, Rafa Floro and Dejan Kelhar plus Gary Madine, Matt Young, Paul Corry and Giles Coke, who all finished the season out on loan.

Wednesday have already declared their intent to take up the option of extending the one-year deal of Will De Havilland, who featured among the substitutes a number of times this season.

And development squad players Ryan Meadows and Ryan Croasdale are also expected to be offered new deals.