Darren Moore not the only Sheffield Wednesday man with transfer pulling power as newbies namecheck star man
Much has been made of the pulling power Darren Moore has when it comes to persuading players to join his project at Sheffield Wednesday.
Since the arrival of the former Doncaster Rovers boss in March last year, signing after signing has spoken about conversations they had with Moore that persuaded them to join ahead of options elsewhere.
But the Owls manager is not the only Wednesday figure that prospective targets are intrigued by the prospect of working with.
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Skipper Barry Bannan is a player widely admired throughout the EFL and who is at the top of his game having provided nine goals and 12 assists across the course of last season despite having had to fill in as a holding midfielder for much of the first half of the campaign.
Wednesday’s new striker Michael Smith, who alongside defender Michael Ihiekwe was persuaded to join the club from rivals Rotherham United, revealed that the pair are already on their way to developing an understanding in just a few pre-season training sessions.
“You can see it already in training,” he told The Star. “I’ve played some games against him in the past and I watched the play-off games at the back end of last season.
“The quality he’s got speaks for itself and it’s really exciting to have someone like that in the team.”
It’s a sentiment also relaid by Smith’s fellow new face Will Vaulks, who looks set to slot into the Owls’ midfield alongside Bannan.
“He’s a fantastic player,” said Vaulks, a Wales international who will be hoping to earn himself a place at the World Cup this winter. “I’m well aware of his ability. He had a great season last year and I’m absolutely sure he’ll be looking to do that again.
“He’s the captain of the football club, he’s a leader on the pitch – having played against him you can tell he really leads, he’s competitive and brings the best out of people.
“Hopefully we can develop a good bond which will help the football club. That’s the only aim, to help the football club and get back into the Championship.”