Sheffield Wednesday Closing in on Lee Gregory
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 5, 2021
Surplus to Requirements at Stoke
Gregory has failed to hit the heights at Stoke that he has achieved previously in his career. He moved to the Potters in 2019 from Millwall and has made 50 appearances in that time.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby County, scoring three goals in 11 appearances to help them survive the drop.
Stoke have signed striker Sam Surridge from Bournemouth this week, so Gregory has dropped even further down the pecking order and has now made the move back to League One.
That could be a worry for Wednesday’s opponents this season. Gregory’s two best seasons in the EFL each came in the third tier for Millwall in 2015/16 and 2016/17, scoring 18 and 17 goals respectively.
Derby had been keen to bring Gregory back to the club, while Birmingham City were also been interested in the 32-year-old.
Sheffield-born Gregory started out with the youth team at Sheffield United before going into non-league with Staveley Miners Welfare, Glapwell, Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town.
After signing permanent for Halifax from Mansfield Town in 2011, Gregory went on to score 82 goals in just 129 games, which alerted Millwall, where he spent five years and became a staple in the EFL.
While his move to Stoke clearly hasn’t worked out, a drop back down to League One could be exactly what is needed to get him back to his best.
Johnson Also Arrives
As well as the addition of Gregory, Darren Moore’s side have also completed the signing of winger Marvin Johnson.
The 30-year-old joins the club after spending last season at Middlesbrough.