Sheffield Wednesday’s season ended with a defeat after QPR secured a 2-1 win at Hillsborough at the weekend, a result that meant the Owls finished in 12th spot, ending-up 10 points outside the play-off places.
For manager Steve Bruce the hard work starts here as he looks to create a squad capable for challenging for promotion next season.
Bruce has moved swiftly with six players being released including Almen Abdi, George Boyd, Gary Hooper, David Jones, Marco Matias and Daniel Pudil who are each out of contract at Hillsborough, as reported on the club website.
The club have also have four loan players who will be returning to their parent clubs including Rolando Aarons, Michael Hector, Achraf Lazaar and Josh Onomah.
So, are there any shocks in the Owls retained list?
“No real surprises, are there?
“Abdi, Hooper, Boyd – none of these are Championship players I’m afraid.
“They need a clear out and a fresh start and that’s what they’re getting.
“It’s decisive action.”
“This feels like a marker is being laid down by Bruce.
“There are a number of experienced and established players among those who Wednesday have let go, so Bruce has shown that he wants to make the team his own with the replacements he will now have to bring.
“This could be an exciting, and certainly interesting summer at Hillsborough.”
“I think it is absolutely the right decision to keep Keiren Westwood. He is an excellent goalkeeper, one of the best in the Championship.
“Kieran Lee has been out for a long time with an injury and deserves a chance to prove himself to his manager, so I think it is the right decision to keep him also.
“I’m a little surprised that Steve Bruce has decided to let George Boyd and Gary Hooper leave though, but I’m sure he will be looking to strengthen his squad with new signings in the transfer window.
“It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer, as Bruce looks to put his own stamp on the squad.”