New deals and releases: Sheffield Wednesday confirm futures for Owls youngsters

Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed which U23 and U18 players will be sticking around at Hillsborough for next season.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 10:50 am

The Star has previously reported that the likes of Charles Hagan, Lewis Farmer and Declan Thompson were set to stay, and it has now been confirmed that – as expected - midfielder, Liam Waldock, is also among those that have had their one-year options exercised.

Among the retained players, though, comes a lengthy list of youngsters who have now come to the end of their road at Hillsborough with players such as Ben Hughes, Charlie Reaney, Isaac Rice and Corey Glaves being among those that are moving on. Glaves, 18, has already secured himself a trial spell with Brentford’s B team.

A statement on the club’s official website today read, “The Owls can confirm the players retained, offered contracts or released from the club’s academy following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.

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“From the Under-23s, Josh Dawodu, Charles Hagan and Josh Render have each been offered new deals. One-year options have been activated on Ryan Galvin, Lewis Farmer, Luke Jackson, Declan Thompson and Liam Waldock. Luke Cox, Ben Hughes, Calum Huxley, Charlie Reaney and Isaac Rice have been released.

“From the Under-18s, Paulo Aguas, Alex Bonnington, Jay Glover, Will Trueman and Basile Zottos have been offered professional contracts and will step up to the Under-23s next term. Charlie Curtis, Corey Glaves, Luke Hall, Alex Hare and Luke Yates have been released.

“Sheffield Wednesday would like to place on record our thanks to all those leaving Hillsborough and wish the players all the best for the future.”

Liam Waldock has been given an extended stay at Sheffield Wednesday.

The senior team retained list is expected to be released in the next week or so after Darren Moore has had time to speak to all of his players about the way forward for the 2020/21 campaign.

Relegation to League One could potentially open up a door for some of the younger players looking to make a mark at Hillsborough, and some of them may well get the chance to show Moore what they can do when preseason rolls around for them in a few weeks’ time.

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