Sheffield Wednesday' Barry Bannan has hopeful words ahead of new season

Hull City's Tom Huddlestone in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

The former Aston Villa midfielder is optimistic heading into the new campaign.

Hull City's Tom Huddlestone in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Barry BannanHull City's Tom Huddlestone in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan was positive as he spoke to the Owls website ahead of the new Championship season, urging the side to build on an excellent campaign last year.

The Owls nearly capped a superb first season under Carlos Carvalhal with promotion back to the top flight, only to fall at the last hurdle little over a month ago.

After knocking out Brighton in the playoffs semi-final, Bannan and co may have hoped they would just have what it takes to beat Hull at Wembley, only to slip to a narrow 1-0 defeat on May 28.

“You have to look past that now because it’s done and we have a big season ahead of us to look forward to,” the 26-year-old told the club website.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan looks dejectedSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan looks dejected

And it will be a big start to the new season for the Scotland international in particular, with Wednesday set to come up against Bannan's old club Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, following their relegation from the Premier League.

But despite a tough opener, Bannan is hopeful of going one better than the club managed last season.

“It’s good to be back and to get back into the swing of things," Bannan added. "We’re coming back for a fresh season and a fresh start.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Brighton's BrunoSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan in action with Brighton's Bruno

“Five or six weeks is a long time off so by the end of it you just want to get back.

“Last season we missed out at the last hurdle but we have got to build on that this season and try and get off to a better start. Hopefully we go one better this season.”

Wednesday's sixteen year wait to return to the top flight was extended by at least one more season after their Wembley woe. But considering it is the closest the Yorkshire outfit have come to reaching the upper echelons of English football since relegation in 2000, there is every reason for the Bannan, and Owls fans in general to be optimistic heading into this season.

Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan applauds the fansSheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan applauds the fans

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