Sheffield Wednesday have already set in motion their plans for the summer after releasing six first team players this weekend.
The likes of Almen Abdi and George Boyd are leaving Hillsborough, and while they likely won’t be missed by many an Owl, one player who will be missed a bit more by the club’s supporters is striker Gary Hooper.
The former Celtic man confirmed on his Twitter account earlier today that he is indeed moving on to pastures new, in a heartfelt statement issued to the club’s fans.
After 3 1/2 years my time @swfc has come to an end. I have really enjoyed my time here and would like to thank the fans for their amazing support and to the club for looking after me so well. I’m now looking forward to the next chapter in my career.
— Gary Hooper (@HOOP588) May 6, 2019
Indeed, had it not been for injury, Hooper would no doubt have enjoyed more success than he ended up having at Hillsborough.
The former Celtic man is as naturally gifted in front of goal as they come, and it’s a crying shame that he hasn’t been able to quite hit the heights many expected he would when he joined the club.
However, he can still do a job for a number of clubs if he can prove his fitness.
With that then, we here at FLW took a look at THREE Championship clubs who might fancy their chances and take a punt on Hooper in the summer…
The Reds have the likes of Lewis Grabban on the books but have looked short of other options when he has not been at it.
Hooper would fit in nicely for Forest and give them an experienced Championship striker with a point to prove.
The Tykes are set to return to the second tier following promotion from League One and what better way to make a statement than by bringing in someone like Hooper.
He might not fit the mould of young and up and coming players that the Reds have signed so far under Daniel Stendel, but goals will be a must next term, and Hooper brings that with him.
With Che Adams looking ever increasingly more likely to move away from the club, the Blues and Garry Monk will be desperate to land a new striker.
Hooper would be ideal, bringing a guarantee of goals to fill the void set to be left by Adams if he does indeed move on.