Sheffield Wednesday: Hayden White set for Owls reunion

Hayden White in action against Leeds United for Bolton
Hayden White in action against Leeds United for Bolton

When the Owls line up against Bolton tomorrow, certain people could be forgiven for thinking what might have been.

Likely to play at right back for the Trotters is former Wednesday trainee Hayden White, who controversially walked away from Hillsborough last year.

An Academy scholar, White turned down the chance to sign a professional contract with the Owls – not to join any of the Premier League sides he had been linked with – but rather to switch to Bolton.

Then 17, White declared the move – which could earn the Owls up to a reported £500,000 – was what was best for his career.

To say Wednesday were disappointed at his departure was an understatement.

Then-boss Dave Jones spoke of his bewilderment at White’s choice, mere weeks after he had been tipped to reach the top level by the Owls chief.

“The kid can catch pigeons,” Jones had said.

“He is a young boy with a big future if he develops and delivers the potential that we all think he has.

“Potentially Hayden could be a very good player and go all the way.”

Converted from winger to full back while in the Wednesday Academy, White has continued to play in defence since moving to the Macron Stadium.

He made his senior debut last season in a 2-1 defeat at QPR, impressing with his assuredness.

An injury to Kevin McNaughton – on loan from Cardiff – has presented the 19-year-old with an opportunity for a run of games for the Trotters.

White has started the last three games in the league for Bolton and reports suggest he has started to show signs of a lack of experience.

He was at fault for the goal against Leeds, a game which Bolton lost 1-0.

That Bolton came close to bringing Greg Halford in on loan from Nottingham Forest this week suggests they still see White as one for the future.

Plenty at Hillsborough were hoping that he would be a player in the future of the Owls.