Sheffield Wednesday retained and released list 2020/21: When is it expected and what do we know?

Sheffield Wednesday supporters are eagerly awaiting the club’s ‘retained and released’ list, which will confirm the Owls futures of a number of big name players.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 12:30 pm

A list is understood to have been handed to the EFL ahead of deadline, to be made public with i’s dotted and t’s crossed in the coming days.

With so many big names set to be included ahead of what Darren Moore has described as a ‘rebuild’ at S6, it’ll make for fascinating reading.

Why the delay?

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The future of several Sheffield Wednesday players is unknown ahead of the release of their retained list.
The future of several Sheffield Wednesday players is unknown ahead of the release of their retained list.

Well in short, there isn’t one. Initial indications were that Wednesday’s list would be released sometime this week and though supporters are understandably anxious to find out what the state of play will be, there’s plenty of time left.

Across the teams involved in last season’s Championship several are yet to release their list and let’s face it, given the sheer number of players involved and the change in divisional status, the Owls have more i’s to dot than most.

Wednesday manager Darren Moore said in the wake of their relegation confirmation that meetings with relevant players were scheduled to take place last week and this.

Because all focus had been on Championship survival, he said, many of those conversations had not been had earlier. They’ve been busy.

What will we learn?

It’ll spell out which players have been released, which players have been offered new contracts and which are staying on.

The players expected on the list include; Jordan Rhodes, Kadeem Harris, Sam Hutchinson, Alex Hunt, Elias Kachunga, Tom Lees, Moses Odubajo, Joey Pelupessy, Matt Penney, Adam Reach, Osaze Urhoghide Joost van Aken, Ciaran Brennan and Keiren Westwood.

Though some of those players’ futures are already know..

What do we know?

Well, Joost van Aken has confirmed his move to Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem and Jordan Rhodes is believed to have undertaken a medical at his old club Huddersfield Town.

Sam Hutchinson is believed to have triggered a one-year contract clause having missed only one match since his return. The Star understands Osaze Urhoghide is a player the club wishes to keep but his future remains unknown.

Last week the club have released a list of their more junior players and confirmed that from the Under-23s, Josh Dawodu, Charles Hagan and Josh Render have each been offered new deals. One-year options have been activated on Ryan Galvin, Lewis Farmer, Luke Jackson, Declan Thompson and Liam Waldock.

Luke Cox, Ben Hughes, Calum Huxley, Charlie Reaney and Isaac Rice have been released.

What’s been said?

In an interview with the club released on Wednesday, Owls boss Darren Moore said: “It’s been more or less done and agreed by all the concerned parties here at the football club, but going on from there really it’s about letting individuals know which side things are going to go for the new campaign.

“We were quite clear in terms of the retain and release list… Ultimately as a manager here there’s a style of play that I like and adhere to and we need to work towards that.

“There is going to be new faces, there’s a rebuild going on, and part of that is implementing a football style in terms of what we feel is going to be right to move this football club forward.”

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