Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper’s presence will be ‘important’ for Drenthe

Royston Drenthe
Royston Drenthe

New arrival Royston Drenthe says the presence of Glenn Loovens at Wednesday will be important during his stay at Hillsborough.

The relationship of the fellow Holland natives goes back to the age groups at Feyenoord, in their shared home town of Rotterdam.

And Drenthe says the family bonds from De Kuip will be resumed in Sheffield 6.

“I was really excited to see that Glenn was here, even though I didn’t know until after I had arrived,” the 27-year-old told the Star.

“He will be like a big brother for me.

“Even if he doesn’t try to be, he will be that bigger brother.

“We’re from the same city in Holland and we were both in the youth at Feyenoord.

“Even though I am three years younger, we went to the same school and back to training together as all the youth teams did.

“Glenn will help me a lot.

“I think he’s going to be really important for me.

“I’m younger than him so I can always learn from him and he is our captain as well.”

Loovens was handed the Owls captain’s armband in the summer after penning a new contract at the club.

And Drenthe says he always new the centre half would be a leader.

He said: “It didn’t surprise me at all that he was captain here.

“He was a leader at Feyenoord as well, he was always the captain in the youth teams. It was always there for Glenn.”

Drenthe’s knowledge of other players at Hillsborough is not nearly as in-depth of that with Loovens.

But the face of Tom Lees brought back memories of battles between his Reading side and Leeds last season.

He said: “I said to him, ‘I recognise your face’ and he said he played right back against me last year.

“I think I did good against him.

“We won 4-2 at Leeds and I scored a free kick so I did good.

“We drew at home and I gave an assist but I broke my toe in that game so it was not so good.”

Former Real Madrid winger Drenthe admits he did not know a great deal about Wednesday before his arrival – other than the link with a controversial Italian.

“I know Di Canio played here,” he said.

“I don’t know a lot of things because I am still young.

“I know football started in Sheffield and Wednesday is a really old club with a lot of experience.

“I didn’t know a lot but I did know that I would feel good here.”