Sheffield Wednesday: Owls snap up Loovens

Glenn Loovens is returning to Hillsborough.
Glenn Loovens is returning to Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday have today re-signed experienced centre-back Glenn Loovens.

The 30-year-old, who impressed at Hillsborough last season, making 26 appearances, has signed one-year contract.

The Owls confirmed Loovens’ new deal at their community fun day, Owls in the Park. He will also wear the captain’s armband next season.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray said: “It’s fantastic news for us because Glenn is a top player.

“He knows how I work and the team spirit we’ve got in the dressing room. It’s a great signing for us.”

Loovens, capped six times at Under-21 level for the Netherlands, began his career with Dutch giants Feyenoord. He has also previously played for Cardiff City and Celtic.

“There were other teams interested in me but my main focus was to always get it sorted here because I really enjoyed my time with the club last season,” said Loovens. “We have a good group of players and management staff.”

Speaking after the Owls’ 2-0 pre-season friendly triumph at York City, Gray also confirmed Lewis Buxton faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines after hurting his knee in training. The Owls chief resisted the temptation to play new signing Keiren Westwood against York while Kamil Zayatte is expected to resume training again next week after having an injection in his troublesome ankle.

Gray refused to be drawn on speculation linking them with Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews and former England international striker Andy Johnson.