Sheffield Wednesday have signed former loanee Sam Hutchinson on a permanent deal.
The ex-Chelsea defender – equally capable in a central midfield berth – has penned a two-year contract with the Owls.
Hutchinson impressed during a temporary stint at Hillsborough towards the end of last season, posting 11 appearances and proving a key performer in Wednesday’s drive to Championship safety.
The 24-year-old was on the books of Chelsea from the age of seven, rising through the ranks to earn his first professional contract at Stamford Bridge.
Hutchinson swiftly earned international recognition with England, from Under-18 level through to the Under-21s.
The Londoner went on to captain the Blues’ reserve team and enjoyed a productive loan spell with Nottingham Forest during the 2012/13 campaign.
Hutchinson made nine appearances for Forest, scoring one goal along the way, before moving to the Dutch top flight with Vitesse Arnhem.
He was recalled by Chelsea in January 2014 before linking up with the Owls on loan the following month and Sam returns to S6 having reportedly been courted by other clubs – from the Premier League and Championship - vying for his signature.