Sheffield Wednesday: Owls prepare to release development players

Rafael Floro is set to be released by the Owls this summer
Rafael Floro is set to be released by the Owls this summer

There may be a few days of the season remaining but the Owls have already begun to put plans in motion for the next campaign.

And it is Lee Bullen’s development squad who the focus will fall upon first with decisions made about the futures of several players.

The Star understands that Rafael Floro and Ed Sanders will be released this summer.

Ryan Meadows and Ryan Croasdale will both be offered new one year contracts alongside Will De Havilland whom Wednesday have already taken up the option of a contract extension.

Plenty of focus last summer went into boosting the ranks of the development squad with four players signed specifically with that in mind.

But right back Floro is the highest profile name among the squad having been with the club since 2013.

He made his debut in the League Cup defeat to Rotherham United in August 2013 but his only other senior appearance came in that month in a loss at home to Burnley.

Centre half Sanders joined Wednesday after being released by Stoke City last summer.

He has failed to make an appearance in a single matchday squad for the Owls this season.

Sanders was one of the quartet signed last year to bolster the development squad but is the only member of the group to be told of his release.

Defender Matt Young is to be considered among the senior squad after his loan spell at Carlisle United ends this week.

Though they have yet to make first team appearances, the other two members of that group of four have earned deals.

Wednesday snapped up central midfielder Meadows last September following his release by Wigan Athletic.

And fellow midfielder Croasdale arrived at Hillsborough in June after his release from Preston North End.

The Owls chose to activate a second year in De Havilland’s deal with the defender having made four appearances on the bench this season, including last weekend for the defeat to Leeds United.