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Adam Reach completes Owls move

31 August 2016

Sheffield Wednesday have secured the services of Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach on a permanent deal.

The coveted Boro product joins the Owls on deadline day after rising through the Riverside ranks and spending six years with his hometown club.

The 23-year-old made his debut for Middlesbrough in May 2011 and had an immediate impact at just 18 years of age by scoring in a 3-0 win over Doncaster.

In order to progress and gain vital first team experience, the youngster made the short hop to fifth tier outfit Darlington for a month-long loan, which saw Reach make five appearances and score one goal.

The 2012/13 campaign proved somewhat of a breakthrough season for the local lad, who made 20 appearances for Middlesbrough and scored on his full home debut – a 25-yard stunner in a 3-2 win over Burnley.

Reach spent almost the entire 2013/14 term out loan impressing with League 1 sides Shrewsbury and Bradford. Combined, the winger played 45 times during that season and scored six goals.

During the 14/15 campaign – a season that saw Reach feature 46 times - Middlesbrough went agonisingly close to promotion via the play-offs, though missed out in the final to Norwich.

In Reach’s final Boro appearances in August 2015, the winger scored in the 3-1 victory over the Owls at Hillsborough.

Two weeks later, he moved on loan to Championship rivals Preston where his stock continued to rise, with 36 appearances and four goals.

Reach was linked with a raft of Championship clubs but opted to join the Owls and will be eligible to make his Wednesday debut in the clash with Wigan on Saturday 10 September after the international break.

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