Sheffield Wednesday players up the ante as return draws closer

Sheffield Wednesday may only be due back at Middlewood Road later this month, but plenty of them are putting in the work now to make sure they’ve gotten a head start.

By Joe Crann
Friday, 4th June 2021, 10:00 am

Wednesday are set to be back on June 28th ahead of a preseason trip to Wales where they’ll play Scottish giants, Celtic, and there are other talks underway as manager, Darren Moore, looks to finalise their preseason schedule.

As things stand, Wednesday have just 15 senior players contracted for next season as a number of long-serving stars such as Tom Lees and Adam Reach prepare for their lives elsewhere come July 1st – so several players from the U23s are expected to make the step up as they bid for a squad berth next season.

The fixtures for the new campaign are due out on June 24th, with Wednesday’s League One campaign set to begin on either the 6th or 7th of August, and the Owls’ players are wasting no time in getting themselves ready for the fight.

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As previously reported, Barry Bannan and Josh Windass were training together for a spell in Portugal, and while Windass has since left for Mexico, the duo have continued to post on social media as they continue to prepare themselves for the season ahead out on the field.

Meanwhile, Chey Dunkley has shared plenty of his progress as he does his thing on exercise bikes and in the gym with Elliott Sterling of Program King in the build-up to his return to training – he’ll be desperate to get off to a good start after a tough 2020/21 campaign and clearly isn’t afraid of a bit of hard work.

Elsewhere you’ve got Wednesday’s longest-serving player, Liam Palmer, and younger academy graduates such as Alex Hunt and Ciaran Brennan, who have all headed through to the Kickabout Football Centre out by Meadowhall to make sure they stay on their toes – Brennan even took a couple of punches from Sheffield boxer, Dalton Smith, as he toughens up for the third tier.

Chey Dunkley has been working hard ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's return later this month. (Courtesy of @elliott_programking)

Wednesday sadly don’t have any players away on international duty at the European Championships this summer, and while it was devastating for the likes of Palmer and Callum Paterson, it does mean that they can focus completely on next season and the battle ahead.

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