Sheffield Wednesday: Return from Rovers boosts Owls midfield

Liam Palmer, in action last season for Tranmere Rovers, will give Owls manager Dave Jones another option in his team's midfield
Liam Palmer, in action last season for Tranmere Rovers, will give Owls manager Dave Jones another option in his team's midfield

Wednesday’s exciting batch of young midfield prospects will be strengthened further by the pre-season return of one of their own in Liam Palmer.

Worksop-born Palmer has been with The Owls from a young age and returns to the club with a full season under his belt after spending it on loan with League One Tranmere Rovers.

Palmer made 46 league and cup appearances for Ronnie Moore’s side last season, who, despite a strong start to their League One campaign eventually fell away from the play-offs.

The 21-year-old held back to allow playmaker James Wallace more licence to go forward but was also praised by Moore for his own attacking exploits when Wallace was out of the side.

Also a Scottish Under 21 international, Palmer is being tipped by his former academy coach Neville Burbeary to break into the first team reckoning next season.

He said: “Liam Palmer has always been excellent. He figured a hell of a lot last season and I’ve no doubts that he will come back an even better player.

“It will be nice to have Liam back with us and he’s more than capable of pushing his way in now that he has got more experience.

“What you are now looking for in a midfielder is someone who can just as easily play in a midfield three as in a two and we have those options.”

Palmer is one of a number of young midfielders at the club with Danny Mayor, Rhys McCabe and Irishman Paul Corry all highly-rated and with enough time on their sides to develop after Wednesday secured their Championship status on the final day of the season.

Manager Dave Jones clearly likes the look of Palmer and after having him scouted decided to extend his contract at the midpoint of the campaign and allowing him to continue his learning at Prenton Park until May.