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Barry Bannan

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

01/12/1989

Height

170 cm

Signed

31/08/2015

Country

Scotland

Barry Bannan extended his stay at Sheffield Wednesday by signing a new three and a half year contract in January 2016.

The Scottish international midfielder moved to Hillsborough on 31 August 2015 on an initial one-year deal from Premier League Crystal Palace.

The 27-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 25 times by Scotland having made his debut against the Faroe Islands in 2010.

Now a fans’ favourite at Hillsborough, the Scot has made 87 appearances since arriving at S6, scoring four goals.

He’s been a key member of the side under Carlos Carvalhal and has helped the Owls to consecutive Championship play-off campaigns in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

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