Sheffield Wednesday attacker Kadeem Harris has suggested that he is remaining focused solely on trying to help the Owls stay in the Championship rather than on his future.
Harris is part of a group of Sheffield Wednesday players who are set to be out of contract at the end of the campaign. Although according to Yorkshire Live talks have taken place between the attacker and his representatives over a potential new contract at Hillsborough. The 27-year-old has been a key part of the side this term and has managed to provide three assists in 32 league appearances (Sofascore).
The attacker is attracting plenty of interest from sides elsewhere in the Championship, with the likes of Middlesbrough, Reading and Watford reportedly all in the race to sign him on a free transfer in the summer. While there have been further reports suggesting that Stoke City could also be potentially interested in making a move for the 27-year-old.
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Speaking to Yorkshire Live, Harris revealed that nothing had changed regarding his future over the last few weeks but that he is hopeful that they could sit down and discuss his situation soon. However, for now he is not being drawn on transfer speculation and is instead keen to focus his full attention on the Owls’ Championship survival bid.
He said: “There has not been an update really (on contract talks). We are still in the same position.
“The main focus right now is to stay up and hopefully we do talk about it at the end some time soon.
“The main focus for everyone right now is staying in the Championship, myself included.
“You hear a lot of things and rumours about clubs being interested in you when you are a free agent,” he said.
“All I am focused on is staying in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday. That is all that has been on my mind.”
From this update, it does suggest that Harris is not ruling out committing himself to another new deal at Hillsborough, which will be a positive for the Owls and reflects that the attacker is not just looking to jump ship after what has been a challenging campaign for Sheffield Wednesday. It also suggests that there has been nothing imminent sorted out either way whether he is leaving or not.
Harris will be starting to want to know where his future is going to lie next season, even if he is being tight-lipped over that at the moment. The Owls might well need to survive the drop against the odds in order to keep hold off him given that there will be a number of clubs looking to give him the chance to stay in the second tier next term.
The 27-year-old will be facing a major decision in the summer and you feel if they survive especially then the Owls should do all they can to persuade him to stay on. It is no coincidence that other Championship clubs feel he could be a good fit for them so Sheffield Wednesday need to try at least to keep him at the club.