The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson has joined Pafos FC.
Hutchinson spent more than six years on Wednesday’s books, but was frozen out – not for the first time – for much of the second half of last season.
He was eventually released at the end of his contract in June and was rumoured to have interest from the Owls’ Championship rivals, Watford.
But the 31-year-old was unveiled as a Pafos player earlier on Monday, via the Cypriot side’s Instagram account.
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✍️Ένας πρωταθλητής της Premier League εντάσσεται στην ΠΑΦΟΣ FC. Ο μέσο-αμυντικός Sam Hutchinson είναι η νέα προσθήκη στο ρόστερ της ομάδας μας. 🏴 Ο Hutchinson , 31 ετών, παίζει ως μέσο-αμυντικός καθώς και ως κεντρικός ή δεξής αμυντικός. 🔵 Έχει τεράστια εμπειρία στη Premier League και στην Championship, έχοντας αγωνιστεί για την Chelsea FC, με την οποία κέρδισε τον τίτλο, Nottingham Forest FC και Sheffield Wednesday FC. Έχει επίσης αγωνιστεί στο Ολλανδικό πρωτάθλημα Eredivisie με τα χρώματα της Vitesse Arnhem. 🔵 Υπήρξε επίσης μέλος των εθνικών ομάδων Κ18 και Κ19 της Αγγλίας και έχει παίξει 191 επίσημα παιχνίδια σε όλες τις διοργανώσεις, μετρώντας 13.379 αγωνιστικά λεπτά. 🔵 Καλωσορίζουμε τον Sam στην οικογένεια της Πάφου και του ευχόμαστε καλή τύχη εντός και εκτός γηπέδου. —————— ✍️ A Premier League Champion joins Pafos FC! 🏴 Defensive midfielder Sam Hutchinson is the new addition to our team’s roster. 🔵 Hutchinson, 31, plays as a defensive midfielder as well as centre back or right back. He has vast experience in the Premier League and Championship, having played for Chelsea FC, with which he won the title in 2010, as well as Nottingham Forest FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC. He has also competed in Dutch Eredivisie in Vitesse Arnhem colours. 🔵 Sam has been a member of England’s U18 and U19 national teams and has played 191 official games in all competitions, counting 13.379 minutes. 🔵 We welcome Sam to Pafos FC family and wish him good luck on and off the pitch. #pafosfc #newseason #transfers
Hutchinson will join his fellow Englishmen Jason Puncheon, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Will Mannion at the club managed by the Welshman, Cameron Toshack – son of John.
And the former Chelsea academy player could face his ex-Hillsborough teammate Atdhe Nuhiu as early as next month, with the Kosovan’s new side, APOEL Nicosia, due to host Pafos on the 17th.
Hutchinson’s move means that Kieran Lee and Paul Jones are the only senior players still without a club after their Wednesday contracts expired this summer.
Steven Fletcher, Morgan Fox (both Stoke), Fernando Forestieri (Udinese) and Sam Winnall (Oxford United) have all found new, permanent homes.