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Barry Bannan pens new Owls contract

14 January 2016

Barry Bannan has extended his stay at Sheffield Wednesday by signing a new three and a half year contract.

The Scottish international midfielder moved to Hillsborough on 31 August last year on an initial one-year deal from Premier League Crystal Palace and has now put pen to paper on a long term deal with the Owls.

Bannan has been a revelation in Wednesday’s engine room so far this season, showing his versatility by playing in central midfield or wide on the left.

He has made 22 appearances for the club so far this season, scoring twice against Cardiff and Fulham.

The 26-year-old joined Aston Villa’s academy from boyhood club Celtic at the age of 14 and made his professional debut in the Hoops’ Europa League campaign against Hamburg in 2009.

After being loaned out to Derby, Blackpool and Leeds to provide first team experience, Bannan went on to feature 89 times for parent club Villa.

In September 2013, Bannan joined Premier League rivals Palace having worked under manager Ian Holloway during his time at Blackpool.

He went on to make 27 appearances in total for the Eagles before finishing the 2014/15 season on loan at Bolton.

A star performer whilst at the Macron Stadium after signing at the beginning of February, Bannan made 22 appearances for the Trotters.

The playmaker has been capped 20 times by Scotland having made his debut against the Faroe Islands in 2010.

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