"It's a really unique situation": Darren Moore unmoved on potential Sheffield Wednesday contract exodus
Tom Lees, Joey Pelupessy, Moses Odubajo, Keiren Westwood, Jordan Rhodes, Elias Kachunga, Adam Reach, Kadeem Harris, Sam Hutchinson, Joost van Aken, Matt Penney and Osaze Urhoghide.
That’s a list of 12 perennial first team players out of contract as it stands at the end of the season. Throw in a handful of the club’s junior squad members including Alex Hunt and Ciaran Brennan and it looks likely that the changing room at Sheffield Wednesday will look a lot different come the start of next season.
The status of the club itself may well look a lot different, too, given their precarious placing in the Championship table. It is that situation Owls boss Darren Moore is looking to set about rectifying first and foremost, though he recognises the club’s contract quandary is a curious one.
Club captain Barry Bannan is the only player to have extended his stay this season and while contracts were offered to Lees and Reach, it is not known whether those contract offers are still on the table or at what stage they have arrived at.
As The Star revealed last month, youngster Urhoghide has been offered a contract but is said to be keen to concentrate on his football before anything is signed. The Star also revealed that the club have options on Hunt, Brennan and youngster Liam Waldock.
Moore told The Star ahead of their Watford trip: “I’m looking at it and it’s a really unique situation I find at the club in terms of the position we’re in and the contract situation at the club.
“One thing I can say is I have a group of players in there that are committed to the cause and that’s all I can ever ask.
“When the contractual situation leads to us talking about that we’ll do it, but honestly, when I speak to you now, we’re just focusing on the games we really are.”
Wednesday make the trip to high-flying Watford on Friday hoping to build on the win they took from Barnsley heading into the international break.
“We’re just focusing from there really and going on from there and that’s all we’re thinking,” Moore said.
“That’s me being straight-up and honest, with the group, myself and the chairman really.”