Talented Sheffield Wednesday youngster receives first international call-up – joins former Owl
Sheffield Wednesday’s academy has received a feather in its cap after the first call-up for one of its brightest prospects to an international squad.
Ciaran Brennan who made his Wednesday debut last season and was given a monumental career boost when the club triggered an extra year on his contract last week, will join up with the Republic of Ireland under-21s for three friendlies in the coming weeks.
The youngsters travel to Marbella for matches against their counterparts from Switzerland, Australia and Denmark.
Defender Brennan, who is highly thought of at S6, has previously played for the country of his birth at both under-18 and under-19 level.
But this is his first call-up to Jim Crawford’s under-21 set-up. He is one of seven uncapped players in the squad.
The youngster will see at least one familiar face, with his former Owls under-23 team mate Conor Grant also included.
Grant was the sole Wednesday involvement in the January transfer window, making what was a surprise switch to League One Rochdale.
The midfielder has made a bright start to life at Spotland, making 20 appearances and scoring a vital goal against relegation rivals Swindon Town as his side failed to avoid the drop.
Brennan impressed in four cup matches for Wednesday’s first team last year – starting all four – as Garry Monk and then Neil Thompson sought to juggle a manic fixture pile-up and hand opportunities to a raft of Owls juniors.
And with Darren Moore having extended a message to the club’s younger players that they will be given a chance in pre-season, the 20-year-old will hope there are further opportunities to come.