Sheffield Wednesday signed John Buckley on loan from Blackburn Rovers in the final hours of the summer transfer window.

Sheffield Wednesday managed to get deals for midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Buckley over the line on deadline day.

Buckley though seems like the more exciting signing, and one of the Owls’ more exciting signings of the summer in general.

The 23-year-old has proved himself in the Championship with Rovers in the past, and despite falling out of favour under current boss Jon Dahl Tomasson over the past year, he remains an exciting player.

Blackburn fans online voiced their concern at letting Buckley go on loan and now Tomasson has admitted that he didn’t want to see the Englishman leave.

Speaking to Lancashire Telegraph over the weekend, he said:

“I was disappointed to (lose) Buckley, I would rather have kept him. But as I understand it, we needed to get players out before players could come in. We all know it is a stretched squad and John is a good player.”

Tomasson went on to reveal that Blackburn were trying to get another player in on deadline day but that they had to move players on before they could bring any in – Blackburn managed to sign Semir Telalovic on deadline day.

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Blackburn’s loss, but Wednesday’s gain

Blackburn and Tomasson could well have used Buckley this season; he’s a proven player in the league and he’s still young, so there’s definite potential with the midfielder.

But he may have been in store for another rotational role, perhaps prompting the club to make the decision ahead of Tomasson.

Still, Wednesday have signed a very good player in Buckley and he should bring some much-needed creativity and energy to the Owls midfield.

Wednesday return to action v Ipswich Town after the international break.

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