NEWS of Tommy Spurr’s possible departure from Sheffield Wednesday could leave other players wondering about their futures.
Spurr was not alone in being totally omitted from first-team games near the end of the season.
Michael Morrison, Paul Heffernan, Mark Reynolds and Giles Coke were others who were not even on the bench as the campaign drew towards its close.
The subs included Clinton Morrison, Reda Johnson, Chris Sedgwick, Daniel Jones and Darren Potter, who all had mixed fortunes after Gary Megson became manager.
Megson cannot fully rebuild the squad unless there are some outgoings.
It does not necessarily mean that there will be a massive clear-out, and to a certain extent the club’s hands are tied because players are under contract and outgoings will depend on the level of other clubs’ interest.
In addition, some of those who have appeared to be at best on the fringe of the manager’s plans may yet force their way into them by their efforts in pre-season.
But Milan Mandaric’s indication that Spurr will be on his way out and Gary Megson’s revelation that a Championship club have expressed an interest in him suggest that the full-back may have to move to further his career, while Wednesday rake in a fee for him.
He attracted a bid from QPR three years ago but the Owls hung on to someone who was one of their bright young prospects. Now 24, he has since had his ups and downs, and had a short spell out of the side even before Megson took over.
Spurr was given a new chance soon after Megson moved in, and at one stage the manager was praising him for getting back to something like his old form.
But after the 1-0 home defeat by Notts County on March 11, he was involved in only two of the remaining 12 games, as an unused sub for the 2-0 defeat at Southampton, and in a full game when the team lost 3-1 at home to Brentford on March 29.
January’s £100,000 left-back arrival, Reynolds, played for three successive matches after the Notts County game and did not figure in the match 18 again.
Megson chose Lewis Buxton as the new left-back though his main positions had been right-back or centre-half. Buxton proved at home in the role and was offered a new contract.
Spurr came through the youth system and has made 211 appearances.