Bannan reflects on joining Sheffield Wednesday

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The 26-year-old has been sensational for the Owls this season.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Sheffield Wednesday star Barry Bannan has insisted that he was given no first-team assurances when he joined the club, suggesting he had to prove himself all over again.

The 26-year-old signed for the Owls on September 1 of last year after falling out of favour at Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew, finishing last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

Indeed, the Scot's career had stuttered somewhat since bursting on to the scene at Aston Villa in 2010, but his move to Hillsborough looks to have revitalised the midfielder.

Since joining, Bannan has been ever present for a Wednesday side who finished sixth in the Championship to secure a playoff spot, starting 35 league games for Carlos Carvalhal's side.

He was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season in an accolade which reflects his resurgence, and Bannan admits that it's all a result of hard work, insisting he had to prove himself as a footballer once more at Hillsborough.

“I needed to play week in, week out as it was getting to the point where either you do it or don’t," he told the Yorkshire Post.

“Luckily I’ve done well this season and hopefully I can do well for a few more years to come. It was an easy decision but I didn’t know I was going to play here. I had to prove myself.”

Carvalhal will be hoping Bannan can maintain his solid form over the coming days as Wednesday prepare for a first-leg playoff semi final with Brighton and Hove Albion - who narrowly missed out on the top two - on Friday.

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