Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star is ‘Premier class’

New signing Sam Hutchinson, far right, at Owls in the Park.
New signing Sam Hutchinson, far right, at Owls in the Park.
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Owls shot-stopper Chris Kirkland is backing new signing Sam Hutchinson to play again in the Premier League - as long as he keeps out of the treatment room.

The Owls fought off strong competition from Millwall and West Bromwich Albion to land the former Chelsea youngster on a two-year deal last week.

Hutchinson, who can be deployed at centre half, right back or as a defensive midfielder, caught the eye during a three month loan spell with the Owls last season, making 10 appearances.

A number of serious injuries have restricted the 24-year-old to less than 30 career appearances and Kirkland believes he is due a change of luck.

He told The Star: “I think Sam is exceptional. He impressed me an enormous amount at the back end of last season. I thought it was an absolute must we got him back because he can play in quite a few positions which is handy these days. He’s got a great attitude and appetite for the game.

“I think he’s got the potential to play in the top flight but what Sam knows he’s got to do is come up with a routine that allows him to play games.

“He missed’s a lot of football over the years but he knows coming here that he’s going to be treated right.”

Wednesday, who have been linked with a move for Istres defensive midfielder Florent Tardieu, will travel to Leeds United on October 4 and Huddersfield Town on November 22, with both matches now kicking off at 12.15pm.

The Yorkshire derbies will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.