Sheffield Wednesday star Sam Hutchinson explains how Dutch nightmare might have saved his career

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The 26-year-old spent a short time on loan at Vitesse.

Sam Hutchinson is only 26-years-old but has fitted quite a lot into his relatively short career.

After retiring from the game in August 2010 because of a chronic knee injury he returned to his former team Chelsea in December 2011 and joined Sheffield Wednesday, initially on loan, in 2014.

Prior to heading to Wednesday on loan Hutchinson was sent out on loan, as many Chelsea youngsters are, he was sent out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, as reported by London24, this week the Sheffield Wednesday star stated that his time in Holland was a nightmare, but that it might have saved his career:

“I was pretty much forced to go.

“My agent rang on the day my daughter was born and said that Chelsea thought it was best for me.

“I didn’t want to go, I was injured. But I didn’t realise I wasn’t going out there to play – I was going out there to see a physio.

“Luckily he was amazing and got me fit in six weeks, but they still didn’t play me. It was frustrating, I came home after four months.”

“It was an absolute nightmare – the worst experience of my life…but it probably saved my career.”

His physical recuperation was never to the gain of Chelsea, or Vitesse. He played just two cup games for the Dutch team in the first half of the 2013-14 season before heading to The Owls in February 2014.

Recovering from the latter stages of his knee injury has been very beneficial for Wednesday.

The Owls have had Hutchinson as a regular for the past two years and he is now helping the club fight for promotion from the Championship.

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