"I've made it clear..." - Barry Bannan's Sheffield Wednesday contract statement
Barry Bannan’s Sheffield Wednesday contract is up at the end of the season, but he’s made it clear that he wants to stick around.
The 31-year-old has is one of the longest-serving players at Hillsborough at present, and with his role as captain continues to play a major part for the club as the seek to fight off relegation this season.
But after almost 250 appearances in Wednesday colours, questions have been raised about his future in S6 as he enters into the last six months of his deal, however he says there could be some good news on the contract front in the next few weeks.
Speaking to the media this morning he said, “I’ve made it clear what I want to do, I want to stay at the club… We’re nearly there, so hopefully there will be some good news in the coming week or two.
“I’ve made it clear where I want to be, but obviously it’s difficult with the chairman not being in the country at the moment because of COVID. It’s hard to get things done and over the line though, so hopefully in a few weeks’ time it’s all put to bed and we can concentrate on getting results.”
Bannan’s statement will be seen as good news for the Wednesday faithful, and even more so the fact that he’s not worrying too much about who the next manager will be. He wants to stay at Hillsborough regardless.
He told The Star, “I’m not really bothered to be honest… If Thommo stays or if somebody else comes in, then I’ll back myself to play every week if I’m fit. So that shouldn’t change.
“If a new manager comes in then hopefully I can prove that I’m still a big player for this club. So no, it’s not really played a big part in my decision.”
With 234 competitive appearances to date, Bannan is very much on course to hit the 250 mark before the end of this season, and it appears that – if he has his way – there will be plenty more to come in the years ahead.