Glen Loovens speaks on something big at Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls face Brighton and Hove Albion in the Championship playoff semi-finals.

Speaking to the club's official website, Sheffield Wednesday captain Glen Loovens has claimed that he can sense the club are on the brink of "something big".

The Owls have been in excellent form in 2016, losing three meaningful matches - not including Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Wolves, in which Carlos Carvalhal purposely named an under-strength XI - to book themselves a playoff spot by finishing sixth.

Indeed, Carvalhal's troops are potentially just three games away from Premier League promotion, but an excellent Brighton & Hove Albion side stands in their away in two of those ahead of an upcoming semi-final tie.

The Seagulls narrowly missed out on automatic promotion by drawing with Middlesbrough on the final day, meaning Wednesday will certainly have to be on their game if they want to eliminate Chris Hughton's wounded side.

As a result of Brighton's quality, Loovens reveals that training has been more intense than normal, but he has also suggested that the club are on the cusp of "something big" and explains how everybody wants to be part of it.

“I would say training has been very sharp, sharper than normal in fact which is really encouraging. You can feel that everyone is up for this," he said to the Owls' official website.

“We have been doing the same things in training as we have all season and everything has been normal, so in most cases nothing has changed in this build-up.

“But you can sense and feel something big is here and we all want to be part of it.”

Loovens's words are exciting when you consider this is a man who has played in excellent sides before, not only for Celtic but he also helped Feyenoord win the UEFA Cup in 2002.

At 32, he has been around the block, and Wednesday supporters will be hoping he is right about what he says here.

Carvalhal and co, who drew 0-0 home and away against Brighton in the regular season, will face Hull City or Derby County if they progress past Hughton's boys.

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