Sheffield Wednesday are back at Middlewood Wood - including their in-demand defender

Julian Börner has been linked with a move away from Sheffield Wednesday, but today he was back at the club as preseason got underway.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 3:27 pm

The Owls were back at Middlewood Road to undergo testing ahead on Friday morning, arriving in staggered groups as their fitness levels were tested ahead of the start of preseason proper when they head out to Wales.

Darren Moore’s side will face Celtic on July 7th at the end of a 10-day training camp out west, with the manager and his technical team looking to put the players through their paces ahead of what is likely to be a tough 2021/22 campaign navigating through League One.

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With so much happening behind the scenes at the club including a transfer embargo and unpaid wages, there were plenty of eyes on today’s return to S6 – with Börner’s name in particular of interest after Hannover announced that (subject to clearance) he had agreed to join them for the campaign ahead.

But, like in-demand Josh Windass, the German was back at Middlewood Road and getting to work as expected, with the club showing pictures of him in the dome at their training ground being assessed by staff.

It came on a day where Wednesday also confirmed a long-term kit sponsorship with Italian brand, Macron, as they took over from Elev8, while a new coaching member was also announced as Adriano Basso comes in to take on the role of goalkeeper coach.

Basso comes in as Nicky Weaver drops back down into the U23 setup, with the Brazilian now set to work alongside Moore, his assistant, Jamie Smith, and first team coaches, Paul Williams and Neil Thompson, bringing the first of what is thought to be many fresh faces to matters before the 2021/22 season gets underway.

Julian Börner was back at preseason with Sheffield Wednesday today. (via swfc.co.uk/Steve Ellis)

Moore and his team also now know who they’ll be going up against as the season gets underway on August 7th, with an away trip to Charlton Athletic on the horizon prior to a visit from the manager’s former club, Doncaster Rovers, a week later.

Sheffield Wednesday have announced a new first team goalkeeper coach

Josh Windass has been linked with a move away. (via swfc.co.uk/Steve Ellis)
Dominic Iorfa will be looking to get back after his injury. (via swfc.co.uk/Steve Ellis)
Club captain Barry Bannan was also back in today. (via swfc.co.uk/Steve Ellis)
Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson with new goalkeeper coach, Adriano Basso. (via swfc.co.uk/Steve Ellis)