Sheffield Wednesday: Owls get set to offer new deals

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Sheffield Wednesday plan on holding contract talks with some members of their first-team squad in the next few weeks, The Star can confirm.

With twelve players deals set to expire in the summer and Championship survival almost secured, the Owls are poised to step up their negotiations behind the scenes this month.

Chris Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu are some of the players who will become free agents at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “We will start to look at that situation seriously over the next week or two.”

Wednesday have recently tied down Caolan Lavery and Liam Palmer to long-term deals. Northern Ireland Under-21 international Lavery penned a two-and-a-half-year deal before their defeat at Doncaster Rovers while Worksop-born Palmer is now contracted to the Hillsborough club until June 2017.

“It was very important to keep Caolan and Liam,” acknowledged Mandaric. “They have done well this season. They are a future and we’ve got a number of those young players in the team so we need to just keep building on that.”