Though it has taken six months, Sheffield Wednesday may have finally emerged victorious from Jack Hunt’s sale.

By selling Hunt to Bristol City last July, Wednesday are understood to have banked £1.6 million for a player in the final year of his contract – one which, at his age (then approaching 28) and in the club’s current financial state, would have been hard to justify extending.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 07: Jack Hunt of Bristol City runs with the ball under pressure from Jordan Thorniley of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton Gate on October 7, 2018 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

And although his presence has been missed down the Owls’ right flank – particularly his pace and sense of adventure – the money raised from that deal, along with the one that saw Jordan Rhodes loaned to Norwich City, was necessary to fund temporary ones for Michael Hector and Joshua Onomah, whose positions of centre-back and attacking midfield, respectively, were in urgent need of attention.

Perhaps, too, those of Dominic Iorfa, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar on Thursday.

The fee for Iorfa has yet to be disclosed, although somewhere around the £500,000 mark, discounting add-ons, is probably a fair guess, considering his own contract status (he would have been a free agent from July) and lack of first-team football this season.

But by paying small fee now, Wednesday have jumped ahead of a likely queue of clubs trying to sign what would have been a Championship-experienced 24-year-old with 13 England Under-21 caps, without a fee, this summer.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 14: Dominic Iorfa of England U21 in action during the U21 International Friendly match France U21 and England U21 at the Stade Robert Bobin on November 14, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

And with another embargo looming, could we even guarantee the Owls would have been involved?

With no players leaving Hillsborough in January, they will seemingly cross that bridge when it comes to it.

But with Iorfa tied down to what is presumably a long-term contact, they will at least have one more player with plenty of resale value, should they need to sell again.

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