Sheffield Wednesday: Batth delay over future

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WOLVES do not expect a decision to be made on Danny Batth’s future until July, the Sheffield Telegraph understands.

The 21-year-old defender spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and was an integral part of the team which sealed automatic promotion to the npower Championship.

Batth has since returned to Wolves - who were recently relegated from the Premier Leagueand have appointed Norwegian Stale Solbakken as their new manager.

He has met Solbakken but sources at Molineux insist that any transfer dealings will be put on hold until the summer months.

“Our new manager only came in this week for a brief meeting with the players and for a press conference,” a source told the Sheffield Telegraph.

“The players have broken up for the summer, and the manager returned to Norway until early July, so I can’t see decisions being made on any of our players until then.”

Batth’s contract with Wolves expires next summer but in a recent interview with this newspaper he refused to discuss where his future lies.

However Solbakken may not let Batth leave if, as expected, he receives bids for defenders like Roger Johnson, Richard Stearman and Sebastian Bassong.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell has revealed his heartbreak after being released by his boyhood club earlier this week.

O’Donnell was one of four first-team players told their contracts would not be renewed, alongside Jon Otsemobor, Chris Sedgwick and Clinton Morrison. Youngsters Sean Cuff and Vadaine Oliver were also released.

O’Donnell has since signed for Chesterfield, and said: “I would officially like to thank each and every Wednesday fan out there for their support, throughout my time at Hillsborough.

“It was so hard to leave the club I have supported all my life, and I have so many good memories.

“I couldn’t have wished for a better way to go out [after promotion] and to know I had a part to play in the success of the football club will live long in my memory.”

Wednesday manager Dave Jones said: “That’s part of football - you have to progress.”

He will now offer new contracts to Mark Beevers, Jermaine Johnson and Stephen Bywater, who were also out of contract at the end of this season. Goalkeeper Arron Jameson will also be offered fresh terms - leaving Jones with three goalkeepers, with Bywater and Nicky Weaver also on the roster.

An enquiry about signing Michail Antonio has been made to Reading.

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