Tony Pulis confirms contract offers for Sheffield Wednesday trio of Barry Bannan, Adam Reach and Tom Lees
Sheffield Wednesday have offered new contracts to three senior players, with Tony Pulis saying that he’s given his thoughts on the futures of Adam Reach, Tom Lees and Barry Bannan.
All three players, who are long-serving features at Hillsborough now, will see their current deals expire at the end of the current season, but Pulis says that he’s hoping all three will still be with the club come the next campaign.
It was reported earlier in the day that Bannan had been offered a two-year deal but was seeking some assurances in the transfer market, and now his manager has confirmed that he is one of a handful of players who are in talks with the club at present.
He told the media this morning, “Barry, Leesy and Reachy have been offered new contracts… That’s something that the chairman and money people at the football club will deal with.
“Obviously I’ve worked with Baz before, I’ve been really impressed with Reachy and Tom is a smashing professional with a fabulous attitude. So I’m not surprised the club want to get those three sorted out… Fingers crossed they’ll be able to do it.”
He went on to add, “My job is to get results on the football pitch, but the people at this football club have decided that Barry, Reachy and Tom, who are all out of contract, need to have their contracts discussed. And that’s fine with me.
“They’ve asked my opinion, I like the three lads. They’re good lads, good players and the club should be trying their damnedest to keep them here.”
After last week, all three players have now played upwards of 200 games for the club (only academy graduate, Liam Palmer, has made more than them in the current squad), and it would appear that there are many more appearances coming their way if Pulis has anything to do with it.
They aren’t the only players who will see their deals expire in June though, with the likes of Keiren Westwood, Jordan Rhodes, Kadeem Harris and several others coming up for renewal, though it remains to be seen when – or if – their talks with the club will get underway.