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Darren Moore reveals big Sheffield Wednesday decision over player agreement

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore says the club have put talks over a new contract for Callum Paterson on hold for the time being.

With Paterson out of contract at the end of this season, Moore confirmed earlier in the campaign that the club are in talks with the 27-year-old about extending his deal with the club.

But with the Owls holding the option to extend Paterson’s contract by a further 12 months, they are protected from the prospect of losing him for free next summer.

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Now it seems as though that has influenced the decision of those involved, to put those talks over a new deal on the back foot for the time being, judging by these latest comments from Moore.

Providing an update on the situation surrounding Paterson’s contract talks, the Wednesday boss was quoted by The Sheffield Star as saying: “Pato still has this season and next year with us, so contract-wise, he’s still contracted to the football club. He’s been a player we mentioned earlier in the season and he’s a Sheffield Wednesday player.

“The contract talks have been there but we’re in a position where both club and player agree he’s still contracted to the football club beyond this season.

“For both parties, it’s about carefully making sure the right decision is made but in terms of the long or short term he has this season and next year at the football club.”

Since joining Wednesday from Cardiff City back in the summer of 2020, Paterson has made a total of 61 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, scoring 11 goals and providing five assists in that time.

Speaking previously, Paterson has admitted that he is keen to sign a new deal to keep him at Hillsborough long-term.

The Verdict

This feels like it might be something of a risk for Sheffield Wednesday to take.

While that option to extend gives them some extra time to assess their options here, they could come under pressure if an offer comes in next summer, and they have not secured a contract by then.

Given how impressive Paterson has been for the Owls this season in particular, it may not be a huge surprise if he was to start attracting interest from other clubs at some point.

As a result, you feel there may be some of a Wednesday persuasion, who would still prefer to see an extension to this deal confirmed sooner, rather than later.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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