Sheffield Wednesday: Bennett bye bye as cull begins

Julian Bennett played 25 games for Wednesday, scoring two goals
Julian Bennett played 25 games for Wednesday, scoring two goals
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Julian Bennett’s career at Sheffield Wednesday is over.

The left-back, out of contract this summer, will not be offered a new deal as manager Dave Jones begins his clear-out.

The Nottingham-born player, who has recently been linked with a move to Leyton Orient, did not figure in Jones’ plans last season, failing to make a single first-team appearance.

Jones told The Star: “Julian is a free agent and entitled to go and talk to other clubs. We wish him all the best. He has served his time here. It didn’t work out for him last year. He goes with our blessing.”

Signed almost two years ago by Gary Megson, Bennett played 25 times for the Owls in all competitions, hitting two goals. His final run-out came in the 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in April 2012.

Last November, Bennett was farmed out on a month’s loan to Shrewsbury Town. He made four starts for the Shrews before his short-term stint was cut short by a back injury.

Along with Bennett, other players whose contracts expire at Hillsborough shortly include Stephen Bywater, Nicky Weaver, Adam Davies, Lewis Buxton, Giles Coke, David Prutton and Jermaine Johnson. An announcement on their futures is unlikely to be made until next week.

Since the Championship club staved off the threat of relegation, Llera has indicated he wants to remain at the club. However, the experienced Spaniard has conceded he is in the dark over his long-term future.

On Twitter last week, the 33-year-old said: “I don’t know where I will play the next season! I would like to stay but it depends on the club!”