Sheffield Wednesday: Tom Lees out to earn respect from Owls fans

Tom Lees
Tom Lees

New recruit Tom Lees has vowed to win over the Sheffield Wednesday public after moving from Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

The 23-year-old turned down interest from several Championship clubs to pen a three-year deal with the Owls yesterday.

Now Lees, who has made 231 appearances in his career to date, is determined to prove he has what it takes to succeed at Hillsborough.

He told The Star: “I understand there is big rivalry between Wednesday and Leeds. You only have to look at the games they have played against each other in the past to see there is always an intense atmosphere.

“When you go to any club, you’ve got to win the supporters over and that’s what I will be looking to do straight away.” It doesn’t matter whether I joined Wednesday or someone else who wasn’t a rival of Leeds; I will be looking to impress and repay the faith that has been shown in me.”

Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray claimed Lees was joining them on a free transfer following their 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat to Newcastle United.

But Leeds and Wednesday have since confirmed an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the region of a six figure fee, was agreed between the two parties. It is understood the Owls have met the cost of paying up the final two years of Lees’ contract at Elland Road.

The ex-Accrington and Bury loanee said: “It was a big decision for me to leave Leeds. They are a great club but I feel, at this moment in time, moving to Wednesday is perfect for me and ticks a lot boxes.

“I was over the moon when we sat down and got the personal terms sorted out. The club were keen to get it done and made me feel wanted.

“There were a couple of other Championship clubs interested in me but I’ve known about Wednesday’s interest for a while. It is a massive club with a big fan base and I was keen to come here.

“A lot of people hold the manager in high regard. All the things I’ve heard about him have been fantastic. At my age, I’ve still got things to learn. I feel under this manager I will be able to progress and develop my game.”