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Young Owl signs Wednesday contract

12 May 2014

Simon Hanna has signed his maiden professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

The dynamic midfielder has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Hillsborough.

Hanna skippered the Under-18 team last season and posted a string of dominant displays in the Owls’ engine room.

He told “I couldn’t be happier. To sign for a club the size of Sheffield Wednesday is a dream come true.

“I have worked really hard to get to this stage of my career and will continue that hard work moving forward.”

The 18-year-old has also impressed on the international stage with Northern Ireland, earning recognition at both Under-18 and Under-19 level.

Hanna added: “I’m proud to represent my country and my aim in the long term is to earn a full cap.

“For now, though, I want to keep listening, keep improving and work towards getting into the first team set-up with Wednesday.”

Hanna joins Joe Wildsmith as a second year scholar to earn professional terms having graduated from the academy in 2013/14.

Franck Betra and Jack Stobbs also successfully moved through the ranks, earning pro contracts ahead of schedule.

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