"I love the club.." Sheffield Wednesday man reflects on his six-year Owls stint after major milestone
Barry Bannan has had to take the rough with the smooth at Sheffield Wednesday.
And while the result didn’t pan out as he may have dreamt it, the little Scot put on a typically energetic performance at Vicarage Road yesterday as only a controversial Tom Lees own goal stood between the two sides at the final whistle.
It was commented that Bannan was the best player on the pitch for either side in what was his 250th appearance for the club with whom he signed a new two-year contract back in February.
A player for the big occasion, the Owls skipper has spent six years at the club having arrived as one of Carlos Carvalhal’s first signings. He made an instant impact as a huge part of the Wednesday side that provided back-to-back play-off campaigns and has remained an ever-present, taking the armband from Tom Lees ahead of the current season.
“It’s a massive honour for me to play that amount of games for this club,” Bannan told BBC Sheffield after the Watford defeat.
“It’s a massive club, I love the club and to reach that milestone is great. It’s something I’ll probably look back on when I retire more so than now, but it’s a great honour and hopefully there are many more for me to come.”
Wednesday head into their home clash with Cardiff on Easter Monday seven points back on the safety spots with eight matches left to save their Championship status.
Asked how difficult it has been to see the club struggling in what has been an up and down time at S6, Bannan said: “That’s the way it goes at football clubs, you have ups and downs.
“At the minute it’s a bit of a low and we’re fighting or our lives, but it’s a challenge and it’s something you’ve got to face.
“I’m not saying I’m enjoying it, I’d sooner but up there at the top end of the table obviously, but I’ve enjoyed my time here and long may it continue. I’ve loved it since I came in from day one here and we’ve got a big, big eight games to go.”