Sheffield Wednesday captain Barry Bannan has claimed that Bolton Wanderers played a big role in getting him his move to join the Owls, as per a recent report by the Manchester Evening News.
The midfielder previously turned out for the Trotters back in 2015 whilst on loan from his then parent club Crystal Palace and it was off the back of that spell that Sheffield Wednesday made their move for the Scotsman.
Bannan played 16 games for Wanderers and racked up three assists in the process, in a move that was enough to convince Wednesday that he was worth taking a punt on in the summer of that year as they brought him to Hillsborough in August.
Now Bannan has used the club’s programme against Bolton to discuss the impact that his former side had on getting him his move to the Steel City six years ago:
“I was at Bolton before in my career and had a good time there, they were brilliant for me and if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t have got to Wednesday, because I did half a season there and did well.
“I then ended up signing here, so I owe a lot to them.”
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Bannan has since gone from strength to strength with Wednesday and has gradually worked his way up to becoming captain at Hillsborough.
The deep lying playmaker is tied to the Owls until the summer of 2023 and has played over 260 games for the club.
Bannan’s stint with Bolton may have been short lived but it certainly helped him to get his stuttering career back on track away from Crystal Palace.
Since signing for Wednesday he has been almost ever present and keeping him over the summer was a massive boost for the club that cannot be underestimated.
He has enough talent to be playing in the Sky Bet Championship still but has stayed loyal to the club that has given him a lot and is respecting the contract that he signed.
Bannan makes his team tick and the hope will be now that he can lead the Owls to an instant return to the second tier by claiming promotion.