Dave Jones has revealed that Wednesday have sold a young player for £80,000-£90,000 and that the deal could eventually be worth £500,000 to the club.
It is believed to be a reference to the exit of right back Hayden White.
The Owls were powerless to preventing him from signing for Bolton this summer, at the end of his Hillsborough academy scholarship.
Wednesday were entitled to compensation because of his age, 18, and a package was agreed between the clubs.
Jones, without naming names, said yesterday: “We have sold a young player for 80-90,000 who was only in the door for five minutes and if he plays the games then we’ll get over half a million for him.”
The reference came when the Owls manager was talking about the importance of academies.
He also hightlighted the development of Liam Palmer.
“The youth set-up is important; every club needs it,” he said. “There’s nothing better than seeing a home-grown player come through your club.”
Wednesday were puzzled and disappointed by White’s decision to leave, with Jones saying at the time of the split that the Owls did everything possible to try and keep him.
But the consolation of the compensation package shows that the academy can pay off in more ways than one.
White has yet to make an appearance for Bolton but, like Wednesday, they regard him him as a prospect.
Owls teenage left back Rafa Floro, who made his debut last week, is rated by Jones as a player of the future who has had to be rushed into the first team because of injuries but will benefit from the experience and improve.