Sheffield Wednesday: Tom Lees impressed by ambition of Owls owner

Tom Lees
Tom Lees

Tom Lees has admitted Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s ambitious plans persuaded him to commit his long-term future to the Championship club.

The influential defender, one of Wednesday’s stand-out performers during the 2014/15 season as they recorded 17 clean sheets, penned a new two-year contract extension last Friday.

Lees’ impressive performances prompted Fulham to table a bid earlier this summer, but that was flatly rejected by the Owls. Sunderland and Hull City were other clubs thought to be tracking the 24-year-old.

Lees said he was happy to extend his Wednesday stay following a meeting with Thai businessman Chansiri.

He told The Star: “I was very impressed with what the owner said when we sat down and had a chat. He is very ambitious. He wants players who are committed to the cause and want to be here.

“He’s got a real passion for the club. He’s new to English football so he’s going to be learning a long the way.

“He might make mistakes a long the way or he might get lucky in some aspects. His heart and ideas are definitely in the right place and that’s what I liked.

“His determination and attitude about a lot of things for the club were really good to hear. One of the things was that he wants us to be behind him, and, speaking to him, I could see he was very determined. We have all got to stick together and get behind him.

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“He’s got the resources, the determination and character to be a success.”

Lees, who featured 48 times last term, added: “The chairman told me his thoughts and made it clear he wanted me to stay.

“The club in the past might have been a selling club but he’s definitely changed that stance now. I was always happy to sign a new contract. It was longer than I first expected. It’s a big commitment from both sides.”