The midfielder left Crystal Palace for the Championship side at the beginning of the season.
The 26-year-old ended last season with a loan spell with Bolton. And perhaps sensing that the loan move confirmed that he would simply be on the periphery of the Crystal Palace first-team this year, he agreed to join Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal.
But despite being one of the most impressive players in the second tier this year - and earning a place in the PFA Championship Team of the Year - the Scotland international insisted that there was no decision to make when the Owls came calling.
"It was an easy decision," he told the Star. "Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to play football.
"Up until probably five years ago, I was playing every week.
"The last three or four seasons have been tough. I wasn't playing."
While the Eagles' fortunes in the second half of the campaign may have seen the former Aston Villa man be given a run in the side, Carlos Carvalhal has been able to offer him regular football all year.
And he has repaid that faith by consistently proving that he has the ability to play at the highest level. And with Wednesday already securing their place in the play-off places, it is possible that Bannan's decision to take one step back may allow him to make several forward.