Darren Moore’s arrival likely to aid Sheffield Wednesday’s contract talks
The amount of players approaching the end of their Sheffield Wednesday contracts has been widely spoken about, but the arrival of Darren Moore could help change that.
At this point in time Wednesday have Keiren Westwood, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Adam Reach, Matt Penney, Joost van Aken, Osaze Urhoghide, Moses Odubajo, Kadeem Harris, Joey Pelupessy, Alex Hunt, Elias Kachunga and Jordan Rhodes all out of contract come July 1st, while Liam Shaw has already made the decision to join Celtic and both Izzy Brown and Jack Marriott will see their loans come to an end.
The Owls did get some good news recently when it was confirmed that club captain, Barry Bannan, had signed a new two-year deal, however the uncertainty at the club in terms of who the manager might be and what division they might be in will certainly have played a part in any delays.
By appointing Darren Moore The Star understands that the club have already begun to placate some of the fears that players may have had about the future, with his arrival not only drawing a line under the managerial question but also seemingly showing a plan that stretches beyond the immediate future at the current season.
While the new boss will certainly want to have a good look at the team before making any recommendations to Dejphon Chansiri and his advisors about the future of players, his mere presence alone could well be enough to help persuade some of the out-of-contract players that Hillsborough is the right place to be.
It is thought that some understandably had reservations while there was no definitive decision on the manager (anybody in any job would want to know who’s in charge of them, right?), however Chansiri’s exciting appointment of Moore is an indication that things are moving in the right direction.
The Star reported today that a new deal had been offered to Urhoghide, who will no doubt be eager to learn from Moore, while others are known to be in talks with the club at present regarding their futures.
So while their Championship status remains up in the air, Wednesday have scrubbed an area of contention out completely by appointing Moore, and it may well cause a domino effect that leads to more positives going forward.