Barry Bannan confirms key detail regarding his Sheffield Wednesday contract amid talk of a relegation clause

Barry Bannan has revealed a key detail regarding his new Sheffield Wednesday contract.

By Joe Crann
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 10:39 am
Barry Bannan says there's no relegation clause in his Sheffield Wednesday contract. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Barry Bannan says there's no relegation clause in his Sheffield Wednesday contract. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Bannan signed a new Owls deal back in February in a move that came as a bit of a surprise to some fans, especially given the fact that he had penned a two-year deal through to 2023 despite relegation to League One being very much a possibility.

His decision to do so led to some supporters questioning whether his new deal had a relegation clause inserted into it that could see him move on from the club if the worst did happen, but the long-serving Wednesday midfielder has poured water on those rumours by stating categorically that there is no such clause involved.

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During today’s press conference, Bannan was asked if there was a clause in his deal that could see him leave should League One be the reality, to which he quickly replied, “No.”

Following that, he went on to explain that he feels a responsibility to try and get the club back where he feels they should be, admitting that his future is out of his hands to some extent despite the fact that he would want to be part of the fight.

He told the media, “My goal is to keep the team in the league and stay for the two years. If we get relegated then it’ll be down to the club to decide how they’re going to deal with things next season.

“But I’ve signed for two years, and I want to honour those two years. Whatever happens, happens, but my main goal is to win the next two games and keep the team in the Championship - then to still be here and leading the team in the Championship in hopefully a better season than this.”

Wednesday have two huge games coming up now as they look to try and retain their Championship status, games that Bannan described as ‘a semifinal and a final’, and their skipper is likely to play a major role in both of them – starting with this weekend’s monster clash against Nottingham Forest.

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