Sheffield Wednesday: Semedo re-signs as Owls seek perfect mix

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As former Owls boss Stuart Gray pointed out at regular intervals last season, teams need a mixture of soldiers and artists.

Persuading holding midfielder Jose Semedo to agree a one-year contract extension is another piece in Wednesday’s summer jigsaw.

Gray regarded the 30-year-old as a solider, somebody capable of breaking up opposition’s attacks and offering protection to the back four.

Since arriving on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic in 2011, Semedo has established himself as a fans favourite at Hillsborough, making 140 appearances in all competitions.

It is pretty unusual to see Semedo spraying a 50 or 60 yard crossfield pass out wide or shooting from distance. He knows what he can and can’t do. His role is to retrieve the ball when Wednesday are on the back foot and to perform the dirty side of the game. A lot of Semedo’s work out of possession goes unnoticed, but his contribution to the cause is not taken for granted by his teammates or the club’s backroom staff.

Fresh from committing his future to the club, Semedo has reiterated his desire to remain with Wednesday for the rest of his career.

“I couldn’t be happier because this is my home, this is my club,” he said. “It’s a dream come true and I would like to finish my career with Sheffield Wednesday.

“I cannot wait to get back into the pre-season training and start the hard work for the new season.

“My confidence is high, I am feeling great and I want to continue to grow as a player here with my club.”

Wednesday may unveil their new management team this week, with Carlos Carvalhal expected to become the club’s general manager while the Championship club continue to pursue Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper as they seek a replacement for Gray.

“There have been some changes over the summer but I know our supporters will be totally behind the whole team we have in place for next season,” said Semedo. “You see, these are very special supporters. We are all as one at Sheffield Wednesday, which is why I love to be at this club.”

Semedo has joined Kieran Lee in penning a new deal and will be competing with Sam Hutchinson and Filipe Melo for the anchoring midfield job next season.

Although tying Semedo down is a positive move by the Owls, there remains a shortage of creativity and guile in the middle of the park which Wednesday’s new management team must solve before the new season gets underway on August 8.

Lewis McGugan added that extra dimension, calmness and quality across his two loan spells last term. He may return as Wednesday require extra class and imagination in the centre.

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