Sheffield Wednesday contracts: Which players could leave Owls for free this summer?

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Sheffield Wednesday have nine senior players out of contract this summer.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough Stadium on March 16,...

Sheffield Wednesday have nine senior players out of contract this summer.

But who's in line for a new one, who'll be released and who are we still not sure about?

HITC Sport takes a look...

 

Who'll be offered deals?

Keiren Westwood

Why? The goalkeeper has been an almost ever-present since Luhukay's departure and his impact has been felt - with nine clean sheets and only 10 goals conceded in 15 Championship outings. Despite turning 35 later this year, Westwood should expect an offer on the table. Whether he takes it, however, remains to be seen.

Liam Palmer

Why? The right-back is enjoying arguably his best ever spell as a Sheffield Wednesday player, reflected by a first Scotland call-up this month. Whether it's as first choice or back up to Dominic Iorfa, there are few better in his position who are available for free. As with Westwood, a deal should be forthcoming. The Owls must hope, however, that Palmer hasn't caught the eye of anyone else.

Liam Palmer of Sheffield Wednesday gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City at Hillsborough Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Who'll be released?

Daniel Pudil

Why? The defender has failed to play at all since Jos Luhukay's final game in charge of Wednesday against Swansea City. He's been a good servant but in the Owls' financial situation, and with his 34th birthday approaching, keeping him makes little sense. 

David Jones

Why? The midfielder's only league appearance of the season came in the closing stages of December's draw against West Bromwich Albion. He is already 34 and a (suspected) high wage earner. There's little chance Jones stays.

David Jones of Sheffield Wednesday during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hillsborough Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Sheffield,...

Almen Abdi

Why? The Swiss has featured even less than Jones this season and sat out much of the previous two as well. Yet he's probably not too far behind Sheffield Wednesday's best-paid player. At £3 million (reportedly), Abdi must be among the Owls' worst ever signings - which is saying something!

Who's in between?

Kieran Lee

Why? The popular midfielder hasn't played for going on 18 months now and there's still no sign of him returning soon. As with Pudil (but to a greater extent), Wednesday can't let sentiment get in the way of any significant financial decisions. That said, a short-term pay-as-you-play contract may suit all parties. 

Kieran Lee of Sheffield Wednesday shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bolton,...

George Boyd

Why? Bruce clearly rates him (albeit perhaps more from his past experience of managing the attacking midfielder than anything he's done recently), using him frequently throughout his reign. The trouble is he's made little impact. That, along with age and a (suspected) high wage, will surely count against him.

Marco Matias

Why? Even without Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao, the winger has found opportunities hard to come by. He may have scored against Blackburn on Saturday but his goal owed much to poor goalkeeping - and, from memory, it was one of his only touches. There's perhaps still a glimmer of hope for Matias. But he'll be hoping his teammates don't return soon. 

Sheffield Wednesday's Marco Matias slots home his side's fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough Stadium on March...

Gary Hooper

Why? The striker is back on the comeback trail after 15 months out but in what condition he'll return remains to be seen. Should he produce anything like the kind of form he showed before his injuries, Sheffield Wednesday would be foolish to disregard him. But at 31 and on (suspected) big money, a new deal is unlikely to be offered lightly. There have also been reports of interest from elsewhere in recent months.

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