Owls boss, Darren Moore has said that conversations will be happening this week as he makes plans for his first full campaign in charge of the club, and he insisted that those discussions will not just be with those players who are out of contract come July 1st.
But currently there are more first team players leaving than sticking around, with the likes of Adam Reach, Jordan Rhodes, Tom Lees and Keiren Westwood amongst the big names that – at present – have now played their final game in Wednesday colours.
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In terms of those who do have deals beyond this season, it’s a list made up of just 12 players - Cameron Dawson, Joe Wildsmith, Julian Börner, Chey Dunkley, Dominic Iorfa, Liam Palmer, Massimo Luongo, Barry Bannan, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Callum Paterson, Josh Windass and Andre Green.
If you were to play Iorfa as a right back and Palmer as a left back in a 4-3-3, then you’ve just about got a starting XI there as things stand, with a substitute goalkeeper. That highlights the job that Moore has to do over the summer as he looks to build a team capable of making an immediate push back to the Championship.
On top of those 12, there’s also the potential that Sam Hutchinson could still be around if he’s hit the amount of games that was required for his extra year to kick in, while the likes of Alex Hunt, Ciaran Brennan and Liam Waldock all have one-year options that may be exercised.
Wednesday are likely to publish a retained list in the next couple of weeks when it’ll become clearer who will still be at Hillsborough next season, and there is a chance that some of those out of contract next month could agree extensions in the battle for promotion in 2021/22.
That retained list is also set to include the U23s who are being kept on for another year, as well as the U18 players that are being handed their first professional deals and a step up the ranks.