Sheffield Wednesday: Adam Reach voted Owls Player of the Year

Adam Reach has claimed the Owls' Player of the Year award
Adam Reach has claimed the Owls' Player of the Year award
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Adam Reach has been voted Sheffield Wednesday’s Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old bagged the award, beating off competition from Atdhe Nuhiu and Joe Wildsmith.

Thousands of Wednesdayites cast their vote and Reach topped the poll with 55 per cent, with Nuhiu coming second with 30 per cent and Wildsmith finishing third on seven per cent.

Reach, recruited in a £5m deal from Middlesbrough in August 2016, has established himself as an indispensable figure in the Owls side. He has featured in 52 matches this season, weighing in with four goals and nine assists.

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Reach also claimed the Championship goal of the month award for November and December after his spectacular goals in Wednesday’s away victories over Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Reach said: “I think I’ve matured a lot and taken more responsibility. I’ve tried to give any advice I can to young players because a lot of them have come into the team this season.

“If I feel like there’s something that can give them more confidence then I’ll do that.”

The left-sided player, who was also named Wednesday’s player of the year at The Star Football Awards earlier this week, will be presented with the trophy shortly before kick-off on Sunday as the Owls host Norwich City in the season finale.

“I’ve made good strides in certain areas and hopefully we will finish the season off with a good result on Sunday,” added Reach.

Sheffield wednesday Player of the Year Adam Reach with Dom Howson and Lee Bullen at the Star Football Awards

Sheffield wednesday Player of the Year Adam Reach with Dom Howson and Lee Bullen at the Star Football Awards

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After a long, gruelling season, Reach is looking forward to some time off after the Norwich clash.

He said: “It’s important to switch off. I’ve got holidays coming up with friends and I’ve got some weddings to look forward to in the summer.

“I’ll keep myself right but I’ll give myself a good break because I have played a lot of minutes which will take its toll on the body. There’s always that sense that you want to relax, but in your head you’ve always got the nervous excitement for the next season because you don’t know what it will bring.

Reach has played 52 times this season

Reach has played 52 times this season

“I’ll keep myself ticking over. I don’t like to sit on the beach doing nothing, so I’ll do some swimming and some gym work, maybe take up yoga!

“I want to come back stronger, fitter and faster and try and build on this season.”

Meanwhile, Owls academy youngster Ciaran Brennan has signed his maiden pro deal. The defender, who turns 18 tomorrow, joined Wednesday in 2013.

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