New Sheffield Wednesday signing Josh Windass says he can’t wait to get started after completing his move to the club on the final day of the January transfer window.
Windass has signed on a season-long loan from the Owls’ Championship rivals Wigan Athletic, and was one of two new faces to join the club on deadline day, along with Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham, who returns to Hillsborough for his third loan spell with the club.
Discussing his move to Wednesday, Windass was quoted by The Star as telling the club’s official website: “I have made a few bad decisions in recent times but to come in here is a fresh start for me with a good squad of players and a good manager.”
Looking ahead to his time in Yorkshire, the midfielder continued: “I can’t wait. I just love playing football.
“Hopefully we [him and Wickham] can come in with a winning mentality and try and push this club to where it belongs.”
Reflecting on the process that eventually saw him make the move to Wednesday, and his impressions of the club so far, Windass went on to reveal: “I had a few talks about it earlier in the window and I’m delighted to get it done.
“It’s a massive football club. I have played here a few times. The stadium and facilities are brilliant.
“They have got a good squad of players and importantly a good manager as well so I am looking forward to coming and working under him.”
Windass, who joined Wigan from Rangers in the summer of 2018, has made 56 appearances and scored nine goals in all competitions for the Latics so far.
There are currently 18 months remaining on his contract with Wigan, securing Windass’ future at the DW Stadium until the end of next season.
This feels like a big opportunity for Windass.
Having spent his time since moving to Wigan battling against relegation, it does feel as though this is his chance to show he can compete at the higher end of the Championship table.
Indeed, with the Latics currently locked in a relegation battle, Windass may need to make an impact over the coming months to ensure that he can secure himself a place in a Championship side next season, even if Wigan are relegated to League One.
It will certainly be interesting to see if that is something he is able to do, and given some of the comments Wednesday manager Garry Monk has made about his current squad recently, you feel Windass is in a good position to get the game time he will need in order to make those contributions.