So that’s it, Sheffield Wednesday’s season is over and now the real work begins.
With no pitch to play on and another advisor added to the committee, the decision of which players will be retained has been made and there aren’t many suprises on the list.
Kirkland, Lee, Loovens, Semedo and Maguire will all be offered new deals but eleven senior players are being released by the club.
The likes of Paul Corry and Rhys McCabe have been ‘prospects for the future’ for years but even at the grand old ages of 24 and 22, they haven’t developed as we would have liked and if they haven’t done it by now, will they ever?
It seemed inevitable that Coke and Madine would leave in the summer. In fact I’m surprised Coke was offered a contract last time.
Rafa Floro, Dejan Kelhar, Kamil Zayatte and Jacques Maghoma were all signings that didn’t gel for different reasons, including injuries and maybe taking a step too far up the leagues.
Personally I would have liked Lewis Buxton to stay at the club but I’ve had to question whether this is through sentimentality rather than necessity.
Before his string of injuries he would have been the first name for me on the team sheet.
The right-back was consistent and professional but long periods out of the squad and his age started to turn against him.
Maybe it is time to give another club the benefit of his service.
I was also surprised that Joe Mattock wouldn’t be retained. Maybe it’s just time for Wednesday to move on.
The priority now is to sign quality full-backs and solve the creativity issue.
Providing the new committee can negotiate as well as they say, we should be an attractive prospect for new players.
Enjoy the summer, it’s going to be an interesting one!