Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has strongly suggested he will remain at the club even in the event of a possible relegation to League One, Yorkshire Live report.
Bannan signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the Owls.
The experienced midfielder continues to be Wednesday’s leading player, but despite his influence, the Owls could be relegated to League One this coming weekend if results go against them.
Wednesday host Nottingham Forest needing to better Derby County’s result at Swansea City as four points separate them ahead of a potential final day showdown.
Speaking to reporters, Bannan says he wants to honour his contract.
“My goal is to keep the team in the league and stay for my two years. If we get relegated, that will be down to the club to decide how they deal with things going forward next season. I have signed for two years and want to honour these two years, whether I am allowed or whatever happens, happens. We’ll see,” Bannan explained.
In the event of relegation, it wouldn’t be a great surprise to many Owls supporters should bids come in for Bannan from Championship clubs looking for a bargain.
The former Crystal Palace man was the subject of interest from Brentford last summer, with Sky Sports claiming the Bees saw an initial £1 million bid for the midfielder turned down.
Bannan has been shining light in a poor campaign at Hillsborough. The 31-year-old has two goals and five assists, while averaging 1.8 key passes per game.
The Owls have improved under manager Darren Moore, but the games are running out and their survival hopes are still alive partly due to Derby’s woeful run of form.
The Rams have lost five games in succession. Another defeat at Swansea City coupled with a positive result for Wednesday would set up a frantic final day at Pride Park.