New Sheffield Wednesday recruit Andre Green has revealed that his move to Hillsborough has been in the works for months – with the club approaching him before the start of the 2020/21 season.
The Owls boosted their wide options last week with the capture of Green, who had been a free agent since July after leaving Aston Villa, the team he had been with since he was a child
With caretaker boss Neil Thompson switching the starting line-up from a three centre-back system to a 4-4-2 for their win over Derby County, Green will come as a welcome addition to a team that is lacking natural wingers.
An England youth international at five different age groups, Green has plenty of Championship experience following his 18 appearances for Villa in the 2018/19 season (transfermarkt), before going on two different loan spells to Preston North End and Charlton Athletic the following campaign.
The move to London was a bit more successful than his time at Preston, but only playing 17 times last season may have put other Championship clubs off his signature by the time he had left Villa.
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It seems as though Green was just biding his time though before making sure he was certain of his future, as he revealed that Wednesday beat off other clubs to bring him in.
“We did have a few offers from elsewhere, but Sheffield Wednesday was in the pipeline from back in the summer and I always knew about it from before the season started,” Green told the press this week, per the Sheffield Star.
“We had other offers, but I just thought that this would be the best place for me to come.”
Green is a smart, risk-free signing for Wednesday – although there are still questions to be asked as to how he went so long without signing for anyone.
The 22-year-old may be rusty to begin with after being out of competitive action since July, but Owls fans will be hoping that it doesn’t take him long to make an impact at Hillsborough.
But there’s always the risk that whoever the new permanent manager at Hillsborough will be won’t take to Green and his way of playing when they arrive, so he will really need to hit the ground running to make an impression.