Barry Bannan's pride as Owls captain approaches remarkable Sheffield Wednesday milestone

Sheffield Wednesday captain, Barry Bannan, says that he's proud to be on the brink of joining the club's top 13 appearance-makers of all time.
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The Owls midfielder made his 384th appearance in Wednesday colours last week in the 1-1 draw with Coventry City, a tally that took him level with the great Ron Springett in joint 14th, but 385 will take him clear of the former England international and just 15 away from a quadruple century for the club.

It's a remarkable achievement in the modern era, especially considering the highs and lows that he has seen during his stint at Hillsborough that has seen him go from the brink of the Premier League to League One and then back into the second tier. Bannan has practically seen it all. It wasn't necessarily the plan in 2015.

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“Not at all, no,” Bannan said said with a smile when asked if he envisaged nearing 400 appearances when he first joined. “Obviously in football these days footballers seem to have a lot of clubs, there’s not really that many players that stay at clubs for long periods - but I’m proud, and it’s something that I’ll focus on more so when I’m finished.

“At the minute I’m still contracted here and still playing every week. And I’m loving it… Hopefully I can keep reeling in the ones that are above me for as long as I can."

Once he passes Springett the next step for Bannan will be to reach 418 - recently done by Liam Palmer - in order to overtake Ellis Rimmer and Nigel Worthington, however he'll only be able to do that if he ends up signing a new contract that'll keep him at S6 for 2024/25.

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