Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper agrees new Owls deal

Glenn Loovens
Glenn Loovens

Captain Glenn Loovens has agreed a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday after holding positive talks with the Championship club’s hierarchy.

There had been doubts over the future of the influential defender after it emerged the Owls, who are closing in on their new management team, initially offered him reduced terms to prolong his stay at the Hillsborough outfit.

As The Star recently reported, contract discussions had stalled between Wednesday and the 31-year-old, with the former Cardiff City and Celtic centre-back due to become a free agent next week.

But, following protracted negotiations, the Owls have struck up an agreement with Loovens, who will lead them into battle next season. It is believed Loovens has penned a new one-year deal.

As well as Loovens, Wednesday have also tied down midfield duo Kieran Lee and Jose Semedo. Portuguese ace Semedo penned a new one-year contract yesterday.

He posted on Twitter: “Looking forward to the new season. An exciting challenge ahead. Love you all #swfc - onwards and upwards. :-)”

It is likely back-up goalkeeper Chris Kirkland will pen a new deal but it remains unclear whether Chris Maguire will choose to return. The versatile attacker is understood to have held talks with Bolton Wanderers. Leeds United are also reportedly monitoring the Scot’s situation.

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