Glenn Loovens offers his opinion on next season for Sheffield Wednesday and it may not involve a promotion challenge
Sheffield Wednesday fans may be buoyed by a fine finish to the season as they look with optimism to next term but their departing captain believes a year of recovery could be in the offing.
Glenn Loovens waved goodbye to Hillsborough on Sunday for the final time as the 34 year-old leaves the Owls after four-and-a-half years of incredible service on and off the pitch.
Part of the reasoning for his exit, and that of Ross Wallace, is the advanced stage of their careers, as manager Jos Luhukay looks to bring down the average age of the Wednesday squad.
Loovens, who led out the team for the final time against Norwich, making his 150th appearance, believes that could mean some upheaval. New players should be added, some others might be heading away and more young stars will come up from the under 23s and the academy. And with that, the skipper says next season could one one where the ship will be steadied before setting off on another promotion push.
"It's a massive club and I think everyone has the hunger to get promoted," he said. "Maybe next year is a year to build again and maybe the year after they can get promoted.
"There might be a few players leaving and coming in and it takes a bit of time and after that hopefully he will be given time to build the team and bring this club what they deserve."
Loovens, upon leaving Wednesday, also paid tribute to Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri for turning the club into a Championship force again.
"They were second bottom when I joined," he added. "At that time it was just keeping them in the league and with a new owner it would still be hard to push for things because to do that you need money it was a bit lacking at this club before.
"This club owes the chairman a lot as well. He has done a lot for the club and hopefully he can keep giving."