This Sheffield Wednesday player says Hillsborough spell is happiest of his career

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Barry Bannan is loving life with the Owls and hailed the "unbelievable" love and support of the club's fans.

Sheffield Wednesday fan favourite Barry Bannan has told the Football League Paper that he is the happiest he has been in his entire career now that he has settled in at Hillsborough, and hailed the "unbelievable" love and support he has received from the club's supporters.

The 26-year-old has become a huge hit at the Owls since joining the club from Crystal Palace in August, scoring twice in 29 appearances for Carlos Carvalhal's side in all competitions.

The Scotland international described the atmosphere at the club as the best that he has ever experienced, and admitted that the drop down from the Premier League was the right thing for him to do.

Bannan told the Paper: "I wasn’t too fussed about dropping down to the Championship to play because, at the end of the day, I love football. If it wasn’t happening for me in the Premier League, it was an easy decision to move down.

"I’ve never felt such instant love at a club in my career. The support I’ve received from the Sheffield Wednesday fans has been unbelievable. I’ve not been here a long time but they’ve been brilliant with me ever since I came through the door and it’s given me a confidence boost going into every single game.

"One of the supporters even set up a ‘Barry Bannan week’ in the days leading up to our game at Birmingham City, as they knew I’d be getting a bit of abuse from their fans. It was unbelievable really and extremely humbling to see them honour me like that."

The former Aston Villa midfielder spent seven years in the Premier League with the Birmingham club and Palace before dropping down a division in the summer after spending the majority of last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

The Scot is hopeful that his regular game time and improved performances this season will help him secure a recall to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad after nearly a year without playing for his country.

Meanwhile, Wednesday are hoping to launch a sustained promotion push in the remaining months of the season, with the club currently fifth in the Championship table.

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