Part One: Which players could leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer?

A general view as fans begin arriving at Hillsborough ahead of the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

A clear-out could be on the cards at Sheffield Wednesday - starting with the following nine players.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Sheffield Wednesday are expected to at least try to overhaul their squad this summer, after a season of regression in the Championship and a new manager - Jos Luhukay - in place.

But which players could depart Hillsborough in the coming months? HITC Sport's four-part series begins here, with the Owls' nine out of contract players, including loanees...

Jake Kean

Blackburn keeper Jake Kean in action during the npower Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool at Ewood park on March 29, 2013 in Blackburn, England.

Reasons he'll go: Easily replaceable. Likely to want first team football.

Reasons he'll stay: No logical ones.

Glenn Loovens

Glenn Loovens of Sheffield Wednesday and Yann Kermorgant of Reading during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Reasons he'll go: Not the player he once was, and hasn't been for a while. His wages are likely to be substantial, even if they're not in the top bracket.

Reasons he'll stay: Experience, leadership, dressing room value. The Wednesday captain is also a club ambassador.

Daniel Pudil

Clayton Donaldson of Sheffield United and Daniel Pudil of Sheffield Wednesday in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall...

Reasons he'll go: In an ideal world he'd be little more than a back-up, and that status is unlikely to warrant his current salary.

Reasons he'll stay: Has grown into his new role at centre-half, and provides cover in a position where the Owls are currently short - left-back. 

Ross Wallace

Ross Wallace of Sheffield Wednesday runs with the ball during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Reasons he'll go: Again, a likely high earner. He is also not getting any younger and is devoid of any pace - although it could be argued he always has been.

Reasons he'll stay: Still has the quality, even if he cannot play as many games as he could two seasons ago. By all accounts a good character.

Atdhe Nuhiu

Atdhe Nuhiu of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates as he scores their second goal with Jacob Butterfield during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and...

Reasons he'll go: Hasn't scored regularly enough throughout his career. Even if Wednesday want to keep him, how often does he play with everyone else fit? He may fancy a fresh start elsewhere.

Reasons he'll stay: Is gradually getting fitter under the new manager, and has been one of the Owls' form players in that time. Brings something unique to the squad, both in terms of his playing style and personality.

Sean Clare

Sean Clare of Gillingham celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston...

Reasons he'll go: Bigger clubs - notably Everton and Tottenham Hotspur - have been credited with interest.

Reasons he'll stay: He's one of only two on this list to have been offered a new deal already, while leaving Wednesday for the Premier League could be a big gap to bridge - especially having only made his Championship debut earlier this year. Clare's injury could also scupper his chances of a move.

George Hirst

Niclas Thiede of Germany and George Hirst of England compete for the ball during the U19 International match between England and Germany at One Call Stadium on September 5, 2017 in...

Reasons he'll go: Too much water appears to have passed under the bridge. Premier League clubs - including Everton again - have been linked.

Reasons he'll stay: The other player to have fresh terms proposed although, unlike Clare, Hirst has turned down the Owls' approach and consequently found himself barred from selection. Only a seismic shift in either his or the club's stance can keep him at Hillsborough, you'd think.

Frederico Venancio

Swansea City's Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal (R) gestures to Sheffield Wednesday's Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio (C)  after the English FA Cup 5th round replay football...

Reasons he'll go: The Portuguese press have claimed Wednesday must pay £2.6 million to sign him permanently and, at that price, the Owls can surely do better.

Reasons he'll stay: He's been a regular under Luhukay - although the Dutchman has hardly been spoilt for choice - and proved himself to be a half-decent defender.

Jacob Butterfield

Jacob Butterfield of Sheffield Wednesday and Hlder Costa of Wolves  in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton at Hillsborough on...

Reasons he'll go: His move has not gone to plan - at all.

Reasons he'll stay: None - unless there's a buying obligation we've not heard about.

Which players do you expect to leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer?

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