Sheffield Wednesday: Loovens hands Owls a pre-season boost

Owls skipper Glenn Loovens
Owls skipper Glenn Loovens

Captain Glenn Loovens is poised to take part in Carlos Carvalhal’s first training session as Sheffield Wednesday boss today after penning a new one-year contract with the Championship club.

It is a big coup that the experienced Dutchman, who has made 54 appearances since moving to Hillsborough in December 2013, has agreed to prolong his Owls stay. It appeared Loovens was set to move on a couple of weeks ago after negotiations stalled, but Wednesday eventually struck up an agreement with the 31-year-old’s representatives.

Loovens, the former Feyenoord, Cardiff City and Celtic centre-half, is a popular figure in the dressing room and produced a series of outstanding performances at the heart of their rearguard before suffering an ankle injury last January which ruled him for the remainder of the campaign. His last outing came in the Owls’ dismal 2-0 defeat at Reading.

He forged an impressive partnership with Tom Lees as Wednesday equalled a club-record of 17 clean sheets.

Despite his rock-solid displays, Loovens will have to prove his credentials in pre-season, with Wednesday having significantly bolstered their backline by recruiting Darryl Lachman and Vincent Sasso.

Meanwhile, former Owls coach Terry Burton has left WBA after just 13 months in the job as technical director.

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