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I want to write another chapter

31 May 2024

Club News

I want to write another chapter

31 May 2024

Barry Bannan is looking forward to a fresh start this summer after extending his contract with the Owls.

The club captain joined Wednesday in August 2015 and his new deal will see him enter a milestone tenth campaign in S6.

Bannan told swfc.co.uk there were many factors involved in keeping him at Wednesday.

The Scottish international said: “My intentions were always to stay at the club until I’m finished.

“There were loads of factors. Ten years is a milestone not many players hit, the support I’ve had from the fans since I’ve been here has been amazing, my relationship with the manager, and the chairman has been amazing with me over the last nine years.

“They all play a part when you come to signing.”

Coming off the back of a hard-fought season that saw the Owls win an unprecedented battle against the drop, the skipper is looking forward to a fresh start with new ideas and ambitions.

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He added: “Things are looking up for the club, we finished on a strong note after being written off.

“We look as if we’re going to keep the momentum this pre-season, it’s important we don’t let that momentum slip.

“There’ll be new players coming in and it will be nice to get them on board. It’s kind of a fresh start, that’s how football works.

“People will come in fighting for your position, there’s no guarantees about who plays, so we all have to go out and prove ourselves again.”

Owls boss Danny Röhl also penned a new deal with the Owls last week and Bannan thinks the squad will be uplifted by a full pre-season under the German.

He added: “We’ve got a young manager who we’ve all seen has capabilities and you would be mad if you didn’t want to work under him.

“The only way is up. We’re going to learn so much more under him next season, and even at 34, I’ll be learning under him still.

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“We won ugly a few times last season and it wasn’t always how he wanted to play, and he’s always learning and still young.

“The good thing about him is that he’s adaptable, he’s got a plan B and a plan C. I think he’ll put his stamp on the team in pre-season and get time to work how he really wants to play.

“He’ll know he can rely on playing different ways, the league demands that and he’s added that to his armoury after the season just gone.

“I’m looking forward to going into his pre-season and learning the way he really, really wants us to play with his style.”

The way the former Villa man has been backed by Wednesdayites was another deciding factor in completing a decade of seasons at Hillsborough, something he is ever grateful for.

He added: “The fans have been brilliant. I’ve been here nine years and they took to me from day one. I’m lucky to have had the adulation I’ve had from a club like this, it’s something you can’t really explain.

“For me, it plays a massive factor in being here as long as I have. That feeling you have when your name is being sung, it’s hard to let go of.”

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In the last two seasons Bannan has played 93 games, with only a small break between our League One play-off final and the start of pre-season last summer.

Now, he is enjoying some well-earned downtime with family, but the urge to get back to Middlewood Road is already starting to creep in!

He said: “It’s been a long two years! With all the emotions over that time it’s probably put another 10 years on me!

“Some of the moments in that time have been really good, but the turnaround was really quick between the play-off final and the Championship season, so this break has come at a good time.

“I love football and I’m starting to get itchy feet! But being on holiday with the family helps that, but when you’re back in England and you’re doing normal things, you wish you were back at training.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to football now, everybody’s ambition is to be at the other side of the table and see where we get.

“I want to write another chapter in the story of my time here and hopefully it’s a positive one.”


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