“I hope that’s with Wednesday…” - Sheffield Wednesday youngster, Declan Thompson, talks about his aims for a new contract

He’s the man of the moment right now, but Declan Thompson isn’t letting his new found fame get to his head – he’s just focused on doing his best for Sheffield Wednesday.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 2:13 pm

The 18-year-old made his Owls debut over the weekend, coming on as a late substitute against Exeter City to write the next paragraph in a remarkable story that has seen him come from being bound to a wheelchair to making his first appearance as a professional footballer.

Thompson, who was diagnosed with Perthes disease as a youngster, was told that he may never play football again, but has now gone viral across the world thanks to a video of his dad, Lee, celebrating his maiden appearance.

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It’s just one game though, and Thompson is well aware of the fact that his Owls contract will expire at the end of the current campaign – and the lifelong Wednesdayite wants his story at Hillsborough to continue.

While he spoke of hoping for a new a deal, Thompson also says that he wants to take steps towards becoming a first team regular, telling The Star, “I just want to focus on playing football and enjoying it really… I hope that’s with Wednesday, and I really want to kick on and become a household name in every Wednesday fans’ house.”

It remains to be seen whether Thompson, one of three debutants in the 2-0 win over Exeter City, will feature once more against Coventry City this weekend, but he’ll be keen to kick on at the club now he’s taken his latest step into senior football.

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Declan Thompson's first taste of professional football was in Sheffield Wednesday's recent FA Cup win. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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