Glenn Loovens and Ross Wallace - two very different characters who deserve to be held in high regard at Sheffield Wednesday

They are two very different footballers.

Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, 11:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, 1:31 pm
Glenn Loovens and Ross Wallace will be leaving Sheffield Wednesday at the end of this season

One, a buzzing bundle of energy with an eye for mischief and a spectacular goal. The other a highly-respected, cool, calm, composed figure, dictating quietly yet with commanding assuredness.

Both, though, have one thing at least in common - they will leave behind treasured memories and take with them a barrel-load of best wishes.

Ross Wallace celebrates scoring for Wednesday this season

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Sheffield Wednesday announced on Tuesday that captain Glenn Loovens and winger Ross Wallace will not be offered new contracts. It wasn't entirely surprising news; Loovens has been out of the side and out of favour for almost two months, while Ross Wallace recently suffered from a knee injury which required surgery. Their deals run out at the end of this campaign and it was expected that neither would be staying on.

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Loovens' brought an air of diplomacy behind the scenes; in the wake of Fernando Forestieri's fall-out at the beginning of last season, Carlos Carvalhal described the Dutchman as 'the best captain I have ever had'. When times were tough, he fronted up.

At his Wednesday peak, his partnership with Tom Lees in defence seemed almost impenetrable - they were superb together and Lees grew in stature as a result of having the experienced head of Loovens side him. Now, the apprentice has become the master and it's Lees who is leading by example as captain at the back.It's undoubted that he will have learned a huge amount from playing alongside the captain.

Skipper Glenn Loovens after his winning goal against Newcastle last season

Wallace, meanwhile, was the Owls' joker. The cheeky Scot who brought light-hearted relief to the squad during tense times when Wednesday were chasing promotion.

In those first two seasons, particularly the one immediately after his arrival from Burnley, Wallace was superb. He scored truly outstanding goals, some of them breath-taking and important - in the win over Arsenal, for instance, or in both legs of the play-off semi-final win over Brighton.

And there was always time for a laugh, like the time he was caught on camera pinching a tactical note sent onto the pitch by the Huddersfield bench and pretended to read it. He wound up the opposition, but more often than not, it all came with a grin.

Wallace always played with a smile on his face and that summed up a time at Wednesday in which new hope and new life had been breathed into the club.

Ross Wallace was the Owls play-off semi-final hero against Brighton, scoring in both legs

Loovens and Wallace may have somewhat opposing characters, but together as part of a memorable team, they both played a pivotal role in allowing Wednesdayites to dream again.

Ross Wallace celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the Owls' League Cup victory over the Premier League side at Hillsborough
Glenn Loovens, far left, with the Owls team at Wembley for the Play-Off Final against Hull City