Steve Bruce intends to move Sheffield Wednesday’s academy away from Middlewood Road.

Wednesday’s training ground is home to various Owls sides from the first-team down.

But in his 10 days as manager at Hillsborough Bruce has already noticed the problems this can cause – with his senior squad alone over 30 players strong.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading at Hillsborough Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

And in quotes published by the Sheffield Star on Monday, the 58-year-old said: “I’ve spoken to the academy about looking at a different site but first and foremost we need to get a team together.

“Hopefully I can be the one to crack it.

 

“When you look at what we’ve got here for the academy site, there’s not a lot of room.

“That again is one for the future and there’s nothing better than bringing your own through.”

Wednesday previously announced plans for a new community centre on former Presto Tools site, further down Penistone Road towards Neepsend.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view outside Hillsborough is seen prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United at Hillsborough on September 24, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey-Danehouse/Getty Images)

However, the project is understood to have been placed on the back-burner, despite being given the go-ahead to start in 2012.

It is unclear if the Owls had any intention of using the facility themselves.