Barry Bannan says any Sheffield Wednesday player could have been named in team of the year

The Scottish midfielder was included in the PFA Championship XI in recognition of a fine individual campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has told the club's official website that he is hugely honoured to have been named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year, but claimed that any of the club's regular players would have been worthy of inclusion.

Bannan is playing arguably the best football of his career at Hillsborough since joining from Crystal Palace last summer, scoring three goals in 38 appearances in all competitions and earning a recall to the Scotland side.

The diminutive midfielder was awarded a three-and-a-half year extension to his one-year contract just over four months after signing the initial deal, and has become a huge fan favourite at the Owls.

His form has been a big factor in Wednesday qualifying for the Championship play-offs for the first time in 16 years since their relegation from the Premier League, but he insisted to the club's website that any one of his teammates would have been worthy of being named alongside him in the PFA XI.

Bannan said: "It’s great when you’re getting recognised by the players you are playing against week in, week out. It gives you that buzz but it could have been any of the boys in our team as well.

"Luckily it was me but it’s good to know that the other players you play against admire the way you play. I’ve said all along the fans have been brilliant with me and they keep singing my name.

"Like I said before, it gives the whole team an edge when you hear them chanting but when you hear them singing your name it gives you that bit extra."

Wednesday are likely to finish in sixth place in the Championship table, meaning that they will face one of automatic promotion contenders Brighton or Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-finals.

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