Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri will leave Sheffield Wednesday when their contracts expire at the end of the month after they rejected the club’s offer to extend their deals until the end of the season. Left-back Morgan Fox also failed to agree to a new deal at Hillsborough. He’ll depart at the end of the month.
Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri to Leave Sheffield Wednesday
Sam Winnall and Sam Hutchinson will also be free to find a new club this summer after the Owls didn’t offer them new deals. Kieran Lee, Atdhe Nuhiu and reserve goalkeeper Paul Jones have agreed to stay in South Yorkshire until the end of the season.
Eight players from Wednesday’s Under 23 squad will leave after failing to earn new contracts at the club. Omar Damba, Jordan O’Brien, Fraser Preston, Jack Stobbs, Jack Lee, Connor Kirby, Joe West and Preslav Borukov have all become free agents. Josh Render, Ciaran Brennan and Ben Hughes have signed new contracts.
Garry Monk‘s squad is looking threadbare, and it’s worth noting that four of Wednesday’s players are currently on loan at the club. Their deals also expire at the end of June, but it’s understood that Monk wants to keep them.
2/2 Talks remain ongoing regarding loan extensions for Alessio Da Cruz, Jacob Murphy, Connor Wickham and Josh Windass. #SWFC
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) June 24, 2020
Without the loan players, the Owls’ attacking options would be incredibly depleted. Jordan Rhodes and Adthe Nuhiu would be the only strikers left at the club. Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham endured a difficult start to his loan spell in February and March. However, he played well and scored in Wednesday’s return to action against Nottingham Forest. After losing Fletcher, the Owls could do with both Wickham and Parma’s Alessio Da Cruz staying until the end of the campaign.
Winger Jacob Murphy wants to stay at Hillsborough, according to his agent Jamie Moralee. Attacking midfielder Josh Windass hit two goals in four Owls appearances before lockdown, and his time seems to be up at his parent club, Wigan Athletic. It will be interesting to see whether the Latics allow him to finish the season at S6. If Wednesday lose their legal battle with the EFL, they could be dragged into a relegation dogfight with Wigan.