Sheffield Wednesday: Jos Luhukay eyeing new Owls deal for Matt Penney

Matt Penney has been a shining light for Sheffield Wednesday this season
Matt Penney has been a shining light for Sheffield Wednesday this season

Sheffield Wednesday hope to tie emerging prospect Matt Penney down to a new deal sooner rather than later.

The 20-year-old's current contract at Hillsborough runs out at the end of this season.

Jos Luhukay, the Wednesday manager, claimed at the end of September that the two-week international break would be a suitable time to "think about" offering Penney fresh terms.

Penney, who has put in a string of superb performances since making his Owls debut earlier this campaign, said in a recent interview he "would love to sign a new deal".

"I like Matt; he's a very good, technical player," Luhukay told The Star. "He has good vision and will continue to get a lot of support from us.

"Now the club and he, his family and agent, they will hopefully find a positive way.”

Penney, a boyhood Owl, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence, racking up eight Championship starts and two substitute appearances in the last two months.

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But Luhukay, the man who has given Penney an opportunity to showcase his talent, stressed: "We must not forget where Matt has been in the last two years.

"He went twice on loan (Bradford and Mansfield) and didn't play. He came back in the summer and has progressed well. He has been given the chance to play and we are unbelievably happy with him."

The Dutchman is excited about Penney's potential but told the versatile left-sided player to stay grounded.

"Internally, we are trying to keep his feet on the ground," said Luhukay. "We see Matt's development. We see the progression.

"But he is at the beginning of his young career in the Championship. He has a long future ahead of him.

"He must try to work every day to come to good performances and we try to help him with that."

Penney, a graduate of Wednesday's youth system, has described the Owls as a "massive club". He admits he is enjoying his football but insists he has "not really thought about" his long-term future.

"I have just been concentrating on my game," said Penney.

"My aim is to keep working hard, keep playing and impressing people and then we will see what happens.

"All I'm focused on is the games. I'm just enjoying my football at the minute. I want to keep playing and improving myself."

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