Barry Bannan’s honest Sheffield Wednesday admission as he prepares for club talks

Barry Bannan admits that Sheffield Wednesday’s current situation is ‘not a great place’ to be in at the moment, but says he’s looking forward to getting back on Friday.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 21st June 2021, 11:09 am

Bannan reaffirmed his commitment to the club back in February, a move that shocked many Wednesdayites given his stature in the Championship and increasing likelihood of relegation into League One.

The worst did happen in the end, and the Owls dropped into the third tier on the final day of the season, but the Wednesday skipper had said previously that there was no relegation clause that meant he would definitely be on his way out of Hillsborough.

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Now though, he says that talks will take place when he returns for preseason later this week, and he says that then ‘we’ll find out what I’m going to be doing next season’.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, the long-serving Wednesday midfielder said, “It’s been tough… Last year was a hard year for us, we had a points deduction and stuff – so we were on the backfoot straight away. We ended up getting relegated, which is never great at any part of your career, especially when you’re a bit older as well.

“I’ve got two years left, I signed a new deal halfway through last season, so we’ll just see what happens. We start back on Friday, so I’m just looking forward to getting back in. I’m keeping myself fit, and then I’ll go back and see what happens.

“It’s a bit up in the air at the minute, there’s a lot of people leaving behind the scenes and stuff. It’s not a great place to be at the minute, but once I get back in on Friday and have talks, we’ll find out what I’m going to be doing next season.”

Barry Bannan has cast a bit of doubt on his Sheffield Wednesday future.

Darren Moore doesn’t have the biggest of squads coming back later this week when preseason gets underway following a number of exits over the summer, and it’s expected that several youngsters will be part of his setup as off-the-field issues continue to make recruitment a problem for the Owls boss and his staff.