Sheffield Wednesday at risk of losing next generation of stars - Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and others are all in their last six months

Sheffield Wednesday have a number of young players coming out of contract in July, although they’ve been talking to several of them for some time.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 5:00 pm

The likes of Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and Matt Penney will all see their Owls deals expire at the end of the season, while others such as Alex Hunt and Liam Waldock are running out but know the club have an option to extend that they can exercise.

All of the above – and others – have played senior football for Wednesday over the last 12 months and are seen as talented players for the future, especially given that all but Penney (22) are under 20-years-old.

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Shaw in particular has stood out recently with his game-winning and Man of the Match performances against Middlesbrough and Derby County, and he’s reiterated his desire to put pen to paper on a new deal at Hillsborough.

Dejphon Chansiri, the club’s owner, says that they’ve been talking to their young players for a while, but says that nothing has been finalised at this point in time.

He told The Star, “With the young players, we’ve been talking to them for a while… But they’re not finished yet.

“When some players start to play a bit then agents can start to cause trouble, but we still need to keep our wage structure.

Osaze Urhoghide's Sheffield Wednesday contract is up at the end of the season. (Pic Steve Ellis)

“If they think the player is worth too much, then I can’t help. In the past players have thought they were too big, so they needed to go because we cannot damage our structure - otherwise we’ll have big trouble.

“Some of them they thought they were bigger or better, but I haven’t seen them perform well anywhere.”

Chansiri may well be alluding to players such as George Hirst, who had an long-standing situation with Wednesday that led to him leaving his childhood club for free but is still awaiting his first senior goal in England and is currently on loan with Rotherham United.

Wednesdayites will be hoping that progress is made with a number of the club’s talented youngsters in the coming weeks – possibly once a new manager has been found – to make sure that they don’t end up seeing another club benefit from the academy’s hard work.

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