Skipper wants to end career with Owls

Owls skipper Glenn Loovens
Owls skipper Glenn Loovens
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Owls captain Glenn Loovens has told The Star he would be interested in spending the rest of his career at Hillsborough.

The Dutch centre-back made the admission ahead of today’s Yorkshire derby encounter with Huddersfield Town.

Loovens moved to Wednesday nearly two years ago, racking up 65 appearances in all competitions.

He played an instrumental part in the Owls recording 17 clean sheets last season, equalling the record they set in the 1978-79 campaign.

After Michael Turner picked up a knee injury, boss Carlos Carvalhal turned to Loovens to plug the gap and the 32-year-old has renewed his impressive partnership with Tom Lees at the heart of their rearguard.

When asked if he would be open to finishing his playing days at Wednesday, Loovens replied: “I don’t see why not.

“I am really enjoying myself here and so are my family.

“It is really important to me my family are happy.

“We will see how things go. In football, nothing is certain but I am enjoying myself very much here.”

When Loovens initially joined the club, Dave Jones had just been sacked and Wednesday sat second-from-bottom after winning just one of their opening 16 fixtures.

Now the Owls are looking up rather than down and currently lie in ninth position, just four points adrift of the top-six placings.

Ex-Dutch international Loovens said: “We have come a long way.

“If you saw the club a couple of years ago, they were struggling, not only on the pitch but also off it as well.

“There is a good vibe at the moment involving everyone.

“It’s a nice, warm club and the staff do everything they can for you where they can.

“You can feel that the owner is expecting a bit more now because he has put a lot of money into the club and rightly so.

“It is time for us to do the right thing on the pitch.

“The owner has done his bit so it’s our turn to do ours.”