Sheffield Wednesday: On-song Steven Fletcher hails Owls’ training camp

Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher

Things couldn’t have gone much better for Steven Fletcher on Wednesday’s pre-season training camp in Portugal.

The striker shrugged off a minor knee problem, taking part in every training session in the searing Algarve heat.

He then opened his Owls account, scoring against both CD Nacional and Portimonense.

And to top everything off, Fletcher got his initiation song out of the way!

It has become a tradition on Wednesday’s summer trips abroad for all new signings, coaching and backroom staff to stand up and sing a song in front of the rest of the squad using a banana as a microphone.

It is a ritual Fletcher has experienced at some of his former clubs - and he went with what he knows.

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He told The Star: “It is something I have done a few times in my career.

“I just copied my Marseille initiation and sang the theme tune to the TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!’

“I was the first one to get up and do it. I thought I would get it over and done with. We had a few sing songs as well so it was all good.”

The Owls jetted back to the UK yesterday after completing their five-day warm weather training.

Fletcher, recruited on a free-transfer at the beginning of the month, declared the camp a big success and enjoyed the chance to bond more with his new teammates.

“It was good for everybody but especially the new guys,” he said. “When you are back at home, you train for a couple of hours and then go home.

“But it was nice in Portugal to spend more time with the lads and get to know the team better.”

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Competition is hotting up in Wednesday’s forward line, with Fletcher, Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri all getting on the score-sheet over the last 48 hours. Boss Carlos Carvalhal has an embarrassment of riches in the striking department as he also has Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu who he can call upon.

Fletcher, formerly of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley, said: “It is good that myself, Fernando and Gary all scored.

“It gives us all a lot of confidence that we got a few goals in the games.

“I was happy get a few goals but it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we are winning.”

Meanwhile, centre-back Will De Havilland has penned a contract with League Two side Wycombe Wanderers following a successful trial. De Havilland spent two years at Hillsborough but failed to make a single senior appearances. He was released last month.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “Will is a young lad near the start of his career.

“He’s got all the attributes to be a success.”

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