Hutchinson has been one of Sheffield Wednesday’s key players this season.

Sam Hutchinson has explained the reason behind his change of shirt number at Sheffield Wednesday this season, in an interview with Sky Sports’ EFL Weekly Podcast.

Hutchinson previously wore the number 4 shirt at Hillsborough, but was assigned number 23 ahead of the current campaign – one of several eyebrow-raising alterations.

Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith – who Hutchinson claims is among the Football League’s least bright footballers – acquired the number 2 shirt, while striker Steven Fletcher was given 6.

And the 27-year-old confirmed that, as suspected, Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri was responsible for the changes.

“I had four and then a week before the season started the chairman decided to change our numbers,” he said. “I think he done it with birthdays in mind, so he picked the best numbers that he thought would be lucky. He sent it to a Buddha and everything!”

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Asked what he liked about playing for Sheffield Wednesday, Hutchinson added: “Everything really. I just enjoy it. Because I always play games here and I’m not as injured as I used to be. I just like playing games.

“Sheffield Wednesday, it’s sort of old school, it’s still like a family so that’s probably the best thing. It’s nice and calm, everyone knows each other around the club. It’s just nice.”

Hutchinson was forced to retire from football at the age of 21 but has rebuilt his career at Hillsborough, where he arrived from Chelsea in 2014.

Last season, in which he spent much of his time in central midfield, the former England Under-19 international was a key figure en route to the Championship play-off final, which the Owls lost to Hull City.

Asked about his most disappointing moment as a footballer, Hutchinson replied: “It’s not even retiring it’s losing the play off final. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.

“I was ready to retire at Chelsea. I wasn’t ready to lose the play-off final. The fans were so good on the day. When I retired it was me just and my family that got hurt, but so many people got hurt that day. It was just horrible.”

And Hutchinson hopes to put things right this time around, predicting that Wednesday will once again make the top six.

“(We’ll finish) in the play-offs,” he insisted. “Honestly.”

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