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Otegbayo signs professional Owls contract

1 March 2024

Club News

Otegbayo signs professional Owls contract

1 March 2024

Young defender Gabriel Otegbayo has signed his first professional contract with Wednesday following a successful trial period.

The centre back has featured in recent games for the Owls Under-21s and now pens a permanent deal at Hillsborough.

Previously with Burnley’s academy, the 19-year-old was delighted following his S6 switch.

Otegbayo said: “I’m very, very pleased to sign my first professional deal. It’s been a long time coming and I’m over the moon!


“It’s been a tough journey but I kept on working and it’s an overwhelming feeling.

“Once I came here to Sheffield Wednesday, all the lads made me feel very welcome and it just felt right. The way we play and the standards here, I loved it straight away.

“I’m a ball-playing centre back, I like to play passes long and short, and I love to get stuck in!

“I’ve played a couple of games already and I’ve really enjoyed it. I need to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully push on from there.”

Owls academy manager Steven Haslam added: “We’re delighted for Gabriel, he’s been on trial for a number of games now and he’s earned the opportunity to stay with us for a longer period.


“He’s got the physical attributes as a centre half, he’s an imposing figure. He talks well as an organiser in the backline, he’s got good mobility and he’s shown us he can handle the ball as well.

“He’s been impressive, he’s played in a back three and a back four, he’s shown versatility.

“We’ve got a busy period now which is really good and the players will experience what it’s like to be a first team player when you’re playing a three game week, rather than just at the weekend.

“It’ll be a valuable learning curve and a good experience for the boys over the next 12 weeks or so with a lot of games.”

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