Barry Bannan has revealed Saturday’s fixture against Aston Villa was the first game he looked for on fixture release day last summer.
The 27-year-old’s career began with the Midlands club, where he reflects fondly on his time at Villa Park.
Eager to impress on his return this weekend, Bannan – who made 83 appearances between 2008-2013 – said:
“It will be a tough game, they have won a few games recently.
“They’ll be confident, I know they lost on Tuesday but they went to a tough place at Huddersfield.
“We’re looking forward, I don’t know what kind of reception I will get but I will be looking forward to it and going there looking to get the three points for Sheffield Wednesday.
“I was at Villa from the age of 13, I owe a lot to them because they have got me where I am today but on Saturday I want to leave with a win.”
Wednesday started their 2016/17 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Villa at Hillsborough and Bannan continued:
“When they got relegated, it was the Villa games I looked for and the first came around really quick.
“They have one of the best stadiums in the league so we’re all looking forward to going there and putting on a performance.”