Hutch is back! - Sheffield Wednesday confirm Sam Hutchinson and his squad number
Sam Hutchinson has rejoined Sheffield Wednesday after cutting short his stay in Cyprus with Pafos FC.
It was reported by The Star earlier today that the tough-tackling midfielder was set to finalise his return to Hillsborough following his exit under Garry Monk last year, with Hutchinson believed to have penned a short-term deal until the end of the season with an option to extend at the end of it.
Now, after a few weeks of speculation, an announcement has been made regarding his Wednesday comeback, with the club confirming his arrival on their official website today.
They released a statement saying, “The Owls have re-signed our popular former player Sam Hutchinson on a free transfer subject to international clearance. The vastly experienced 31-year-old, who can operate across the backline or in midfield, has put pen to paper at Hillsborough to resume his Wednesday career.
“Hutchinson initially joined on loan from Premier League Chelsea in February 2014 before signing permanently in July the same year.
“He was a huge influence in our two successive play-off campaigns of 2015/16 and 2016/17. The Slough product made 151 appearances in total, chipping in with six goals along the way. Hutchinson departed S6 last summer upon the expiry of his contract and went on to sign for Cypriot outfit Pafos FC.
“He cut short his stay in Cyprus last December to become a free agent and rejoins Wednesday at exactly the halfway point of our Championship season.”
Meanwhile, they went on to confirm that he could make his ‘debut’ this week against Coventry City, saying, “Hutchinson will wear the number six shirt and is eligible for the Owls’ midweek trip to Coventry.”
The 31-year-old has made over 150 appearances for SWFC so far, and will be hoping to add to that tally and keep Wednesday in the Championship.
Hutchinson becomes Wednesday’s second signing of the window following the decision to snap up another free agent, Andre Green, earlier this month. Green made his debut in the 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Everton last night before being substituted at half time for the return of Josh Windass from injury.