Sheffield Wednesday: McPhail leaves for Ireland

Stephen McPhail is set to join Shamrock Rovers.
Stephen McPhail is set to join Shamrock Rovers.

Owls boss Stuart Gray today revealed the departure from Hillsborough of Stephen McPhail.

The midfielder is going back to his home country of Ireland to play for Shamrock Rovers.

Gray, reacting to speculation, confirmed: “We’ve given permission for Stephen to leave. I think he’s agreed a contract with Shamrock Rovers.”

McPhail extended his short-term Wednesday deal last month and it was due to end after next Tuesday’s game against Derby.

But he has had little involvement in recent first-team games.

McPhail has agreed a one-year deal with Shamrock Rovers with the option of the deal being extended in the future.

The former Republic of Ireland international is looking forward to being reunited with his family.

The 34-year-old said: “It’s been hard being away from the family and not seeing them every day.

“That was a massive influence in this move, and Shamrock have some excellent young players.”

McPhail played 14 times for Wednesday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Sheffield Wednesday,” he said. “It’s a fantastic club and it was a pleasure to play for them.

“I’ve only been here for a few months but I really felt part of the place and I wish everyone at the club nothing but the best.

“Stuart Gray has been great with me and everyone can see the impact he has made.

“He has everyone onside and the players have responded to the way he works.

“He is certainly the man to take the club forward in my opinion.”

Gray, speaking in his lunch-time press conference, also said that Glenn Loovens trained today and will be in contention for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Charlton if he suffers no reaction.

The Owls boss also revealed that he was trying to bring in new midfield signing Gary Gardner before Jose Semedo was injured.

Gray thinks that on-Villa man Gardner can get goals from midfield.

The Wednesday boss is trying to sign a striker and a defender on loan before the weekend.