Barry Bannan explains his switch to 'sleeping giant' Sheffield Wednesday

The Scotland international says his international prospects were foremost in his mind when making this move.

Barry Bannan has revealed why he decided to head to Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last month.

The Scotland international has been speaking to the Express about his decision to leave Crystal Palace for The Owls in the Championship – suggesting that his international ambitions played a significant role in his decision making process.

He stated:

“Everyone knows how much being involved with Scotland means to me, and especially this season with the prospect of us making the Euros.

“When the stadium is empty you really get a feel for how big it is.

“The fan base is massive and the club is a bit of a sleeping giant.

“Hopefully this can the start of something big for the club and all the positive progress with Scotland can continue.

“I’ll be watching the Georgia game on TV and hope to make it to Hampden for the Germany match if I can fit it around training.”

Bannan’s last appearance for Scotland came in the 6-1 win against Gibraltar in March and he is clearly hoping to put to an end his recent struggle for first-team football with his move down to The Championship.

Bannan had not played a league game for Palace since January, and spent most of his time at Bolton Wanderers on loan last season, and will now be hoping to help Wednesday to their ambitious aim of promotion to the top-flight this season.

Bannan, who started his career in England at Aston Villa, joined Wednesday on a permanent deal just before the deadline and signed a one-year contract to play at Hillsborough.

He currently has 20 caps for his national team and will be hoping to impress enough at his new team to soon add to that tally.

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