Reda Johnson is tipping a bright future for the Owls - and hoping that one day he will play against them.
Back home with his family in Marseille, he has told The Star of his optimism about new challenges for himself and the club.
The defender also refused to comment on a suggestion that he is joining Turkish club Balikesirspor.
He has signed for no-one yet and is keeping his options open after being released by the Owls: “Hopefully I will come back one day - to play against them!
“I was happy to play for them, a massive club. I think in the next few years they will go up, if they change two or three things. They are a top club.”
He declined to elaborate but believes that the necessary fan base is already there: “The most important thing is the fans. With the fans that they have, the club just cannot stay in the Championship.
“Stuart Gray is a very good coach, honest, a good man, He has just started as manager - he needs to be given time.
“I wish him all the best for next season, and the lads, because they are my friends. I hope they do great.
“In the last two years I have had injuries, which has been frustrating. But I am fit now.
“My agent is working with different clubs. It will be a new step, a new challenge for me. I am ready for it.
“I knew I was leaving and I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone. I have had an unbelievable time with Sheffield Wednesday. I will never forget it. I am very pleased to have been a part of the club for three and a half years and to have helped them to get promotion to the Championship.”