Sheffield Wednesday must act fast to avoid repeat of George Hirst and Sean Clare situation with impressive Matt Penney

1st October 2017, Hillsborough, Sheffield, England; EFL Championship football, Sheffield Wednesday versus Leeds United; Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri

Penney has only played six times for Sheffield Wednesday's first team, but already looks the part.

22nd September 2018, Villa Park, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Aston Villa versus Sheffield Wednesday; Matt Penney of Sheffield Wednesday and Yannick Bolasie of Aston...

Six games into his career in Sheffield Wednesday's first team, some Owls fans have already seen enough of Matt Penney.

The 20-year-old academy full-back returned from a game's rest to pick up where he left off - marauding down the left-hand side and mesmerising opposition players with his pair of quick feet - as Wednesday overcame Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday.

 

Even downbeat Villa supporters were complimentary of Penney's performance afterwards. And Owls fans, justifiably, want their club to take action and tie down the Chesterfield native to a new a long-term contract.

 

 

 

As recently as the summer just passed, Sheffield Wednesday learned the hard way what can happen when good young players aren't tied down quickly enough.

Not only did the Yorkshire side lose two from the above camp at the end of their contracts, they were forced to sit hands-tied as both players, George Hirst and Sean Clare, exploited (annoyingly legal) loopholes to join foreign clubs for a fraction of the fee due - potentially seven figures each - had they remained in English football.

George Hirst of OH Leuven after the Proximus League match between OH Leuven and Beerschot Wilrijk at King Power at Den Dreef Stadion on August 19, 2018 in Heverlee, Belgium.

And one can only hope that, with Penney's deal due to expire in as little as nine months' time, Hillsborough's powers-that-be are already in the process are drafting a new one, before it's too late.

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