Sheffield Wednesday new boy on initiation songs and being called a Peaky Blinder

Sheffield Wednesday new boy Chey Dunkley has described an exciting feeling within the club’s pre-season training camp.

By Alex Miller
Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 6:00 am

In his second interview with the club’s official media team since his signing earlier this month, the centre-half cut a relaxed and jovial figure when discussing how he has settled in at the club, his teammates and the initiation ceremony that swept Sheffield Wednesday social media on Monday evening.

Together with fellow new signings Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Izzy Brown and youngsters Josh Render, Manuel Hidalgo and Charles Hagan, Dunkley had to sing individually to the rest of the group in what has become a staple right of passage at clubs across the country.

“I’ve had a few to be fair so I went first to break the ice for a few of the lads,” Dunkley laughed. “I wasn’t the worst, I know I wasn’t the worst! I was terrible, but there were people who were woeful!

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“I’d give myself a solid four out of 10 actually, some of the lads were a minus out of 10, so I’ll take that!

“The lads have been welcoming to me and I’ve played against all of them, really, so they know what I’m about, I know what they’re about and it’s just to get to know them on a personal level.

“They’re a great bunch and getting to have that time together away, you really get to know the person not the footballer, so it’s been good so far, we’ve got loads of good characters and I’m excited.”

The former Wigan man, who seems to have settled in nicely as Wednesday prepare to take on Leicester City on Saturday, also commented on the banter his Midlands accent is attracting, with Barry Bannan having commented on it on film earlier this week.

Chey Dunkley has quickly settled in to his new surroundings at Sheffield Wednesday.

“I’m actually from Wolverhampton, I’ve got a lot of family in Birmingham but for people who aren’t from the Midlands, they probably can’t tell anyway. They probably think I sound like Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders!

“Mo [Odubajo] has been giving me stick every single day. I think a few people are following him. He’s the wolf and there’s a few sheep!”


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