Former Sheffield Wednesday star Glenn Whelan hopes for Premier League return

The Stoke City midfielder would love to see The Owls back in the Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday have had a solid campaign. Relegation is not a threat and promotion now seems beyond them - but they have comfortably set themselves up for a mid table finish.

Meanwhile, off the pitch, it has also been a big year for the club.

The club was taken over by new investors this season, the buyout completed just over a week ago. Dejphon Chansiri is the new owner of the club and now Wednesday are hopeful of a return to the Premier League in time for their 150th anniversary in 2017.

One man who is certainly hoping they achieve just that is former Wednesday midfielder Glenn Whelan.

The Stoke City man played for The Owls between 2004 and 2008, helping the club to a League One play-off triumph in 2005.

Now the Republic of Ireland international is hoping to see them return to the big time. He told The Star this week:

"It is great the club have been taken over and it would be brilliant if they could get back into the Premier League.

“Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club with a great stadium. Hopefully the new owners will give them a chance of maybe getting promoted next season.”

Whelan then would clearly love to face his former club in the top-flight but there is no doubt that the new owner is going to have to put his hands in his pockets in order for Wednesday to return to Premier League football, after what has been a 15 year absence.

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