Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town: Darren Moore press conference LIVE

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Hello and a very warm welcome to The Star’s LIVE coverage of the first pre-match press conference of Sheffield Wednesday’s 2021/22 season.

Excitement is building ahead of a hugely important season for the Owls, who will be hoping for an immediate return to the Championship.

Moore will be fielding questions from the local media from 2pm, on transfers, injury updates and about Sunday’s match itself – a Carabao Cup clash with old foes Huddersfield Town

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town: Darren Moore press conference LIVE

That’s all, folks!

That’s Darren done and dusted for today - we’ll be speaking with him tomorrow after the match.

It’s shut at the moment. Both players I knew and preseason gave us the opportunity to bring them in. They’re both fabulous, talented players.

We had a look in preseason and they’re probably not quite there at this moment in time. We wish them well going forward.

We’re working with them closely, and hopefully it’s in a position where it’s in the final stages... Once it’s confirmed we’ll be able to give more information on it.

DM on player changes

We’ve been trying to address the balance in the team... That’s probably why you’ve seen the sort of turnaround. It’s a clear rebuild in terms of the personnel we’ve brought in, and that’s what’s happened.

Baz is fine, he’ll lead us this season again.

DM on taking the knee

I believe the players are not taking the knee, but the message is clear.

There is talking and gestures, but we need to see action now. Enough talking has been said on the topic, we all know what they stand for. We support that cause wholeheartedly.

All the abuse is there for all to see. We’re unified and we want to see action.

DM on the feel of the club

I think when you come into a club, you don’t come in as a sole figure. I’m team manager and a club plays the part in that.

People look at the team, because you can see the players and the team, results. So much more goes on at the club. My message is clear - we’re a family and a team. We’ve got this badge on and whenever we work at this club we work together.

The fans know I’ve said this from day one. It’s great to hear them in numbers. I can’t wait to have them back - the message goes out far and wide.

We’re still waiting for that information. I could well have had an email to say we’ve had clearance!

Credit to them. They came after us and gave us a real entertaining game.

They’ll be solid and will have a good season ahead of them, but it was a building block for us and where we’re at.

DM on the return of fans

I’m pleased to see everybody and meet everybody. So pleased to have them back in the ground.

Hillsborough just isn’t right without the fans and I can’t wait to see them tomorrow making a day of it.