Contract update as details emerge regarding Sheffield Wednesday youth international Ciaran Brennan
Ciaran Brennan is one of 16 Sheffield Wednesday academy players who have made at least one senior squad over the course of the season.
The 20-year-old defender has made four appearances for Wednesday (two in the FA Cup and two in the Carabao Cup), but has also made the matchday squad on four separate occasions – most recently for the 2-1 win over Barnsley.
Brennan, an Irish youth international, has been with the Owls since 2013 when he joined the U14s, climbing up to the ranks before penning a professional deal in 2018 and making his pro debut last year against Rochdale.
Like so many others at Hillsborough, Brennan will see his current Wednesday contract expire at the end of this season, however The Star understands that – like some others – there is a one-year option in place.
As is the case with the likes of Alex Hunt and Liam Waldock, a couple of Brennan’s academy teammates, Wednesday have until the end of May to decide whether to exercise their option for another 12 months, and it seems unlikely that a decision will be made before then.
Wednesday’s management has plenty to sort out between now and July with more than half of their current first team squad set to see their current deals expire, something that could suggest that anyone with options may be put on the backburner for now.
As it stands, captain Barry Bannan is the only player to have had an expiring contract situation finalised after he penned a new two-year deal, while the futures of long-serving Owls like Tom Lees, Adam Reach and Keiren Westwood remain very much up in the air.
Like with Hunt and Waldock, it is expected that Wednesday will take up their options even if it’s just a case of making sure they don’t follow in the footsteps of Liam Shaw by walking away for free.
Darren Moore has already selected Brennan in a couple of senior squads since his arrival, and will no doubt have some say on the youngster’s future at S6 going forward.
As for the immediate future, it remains to be seen if Brennan will be in the squad once again this weekend as the Owls take on Watford at Vicarage Road.