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1 down, 3 to go: SWFC’s next task is clear after Bannan signs new contract – Our View

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It’s been a tough time to be a Sheffield Wednesday fan, but Owls supporters finally got a bit of good news this week after it was announced that Barry Bannan had signed a new deal.

Indeed, the Scottish midfielder has put pen to paper, agreeing terms that will keep him at Hillsborough for the foreseeable future.

Hopefully, that’s not the last new contract announcement we see before the end of this season.

Indeed, when you look at the list of players who may be free to leave the club this summer the depth of talent is staggering, and while some of the players wouldn’t be huge losses, there are three vitally important players who need new deals ASAP.

We’re talking about Kadeem Harris, Tom Lees and Adam Reach.

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The aforementioned trio may not have been at their best at times this season, but they remain vitally important to the Wednesday squad, and while it’s clear that the team needs a rebuild in the summer, there still needs to be a skeleton to construct a squad around.

All three men have spoken about staying at the club beyond the end of the season, and of course, they all seem to understand that it’s largely dependent on how the season pans out in terms of the ongoing relegation battle, but that shouldn’t stop Chansiri from at least starting talks and perhaps even agreeing something verbally.

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We understand that tying down players on high wages with the prospect of relegation to League One would be irresponsible, but so would allowing these three to leave on free transfers at the end of the season.

Of course, there are also other players who need new deals, namely Osaze Urhoghide, a young player who’s been shining in recent weeks, but before the Owls start to think about a 20-year-old who’s played just 364 league minutes this term, they first need to work towards securing the futures of three of their most important senior players.

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