Steven Fletcher claims Barry Bannan convinced him to snub Norwich and join Sheffield Wednesday

General view of outside of Hillsborough Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City at Hillsborough Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Fletcher may have been a Norwich City player were it not for the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder's intervention.

Steven Fletcher of Sheffield Wednesday and Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday look dejected after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge...

Steven Fletcher has claimed via Open Goal that it was Barry Bannan who convinced him to join Sheffield Wednesday instead of Norwich City.

Fletcher reunited with Bannan, his Scotland international teammate, at the end of his Sunderland contract in 2016.

But were it not for the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder's intervention - during an arduous drive from Glasgow to Norfolk - the 32-year-old is likely to have signed for Norwich instead.

Asked about his time at Wednesday, Fletcher replied: "It’s brilliant, mate.


"It was Baz who got me to sign. I was going down to talk with Norwich. Alex Neil was the manager - he’s probably still not happy with me, I don’t think.

"I was driving down and my agent had called me on the way down saying, listen, Sheffield Wednesday are keen. I was looking at the sat-nav thinking, there’s still six hours left from Glasgow to Norwich - still a long way to go. I was half-way, I was thinking, Sheffield’s just there, do you know what I mean?

"I texted him and said, what’s Wednesday like? He said, brilliant. I said, they want me to go speak to them. He said, you need to come. And I was like, right - sat-nav, changing it. I went in and signed that night.

Alex Neil manager of Preston looks on during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Burnley at Deepdale on July 25, 2017 in Preston, England.

"I had to tell Alex Neil, aye. He wasn’t happy. I can’t even say (what he said) on camera! Nah, it wasn’t too bad, just, OK. That’s even worse, isn’t it?"

Fletcher and Bannan have struck up a successful on-field partnership Sheffield Wednesday, and remain good friends away from the pitch, too.

The pair, who are known Celtic supporters, were recently revealed to have undergone hair transplants at the same Manchester-based clinic.

They each hit double figures for combined goals and assists as Sheffield Wednesday finished 12th in the Championship this past campaign.

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