Sheffield Wednesday fans are likely braced for another summer of squad turnover.
A significant number of senior players are out of contract at the end of the season, while Liam Shaw is set to join Celtic, and Osaze Urhoghide has been linked with a move away.
The Owls may well be looking to sign defensive reinforcements and Cheltenham Town centre-back Will Boyle is on their radar, according to Gloucestershire Live.
The 25-year-old is sidelined due to injury at the moment but has been a mainstay in Cheltenham Town’s side when fit, helping the Robins climb to the top of the League Two table.
With just a year left on his deal, Boyle could represent a fairly cheap addition for Wednesday but how would it impact other players in the squad?
We’ve examined just that and highlighted one potential winner and one potential loser if they land the defender…
Winner: Barry Bannan
Wednesday’s captain is likely to be one of the key winners from Boyle’s potential arrival, not just because he could strengthen their defensive line.
The central midfielder has a wand of a left foot and the arrival of the 25-year-old would mean the Owls gain a player that is a proven threat in the opposition box.
Despite being a centre-back, Boyle has scored seven times and added three assists this season – the majority of which have come from Ben Tozer’s long throws.
The defender’s been a fairly consistent goalscorer for Cheltenham and would add another dangerous option from set-pieces to the Wednesday squad.
As the Owls’ primary free-kick and corner taker, Bannan certainly looks likely to be a beneficiary of that.
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Loser: Isaac Rice
There are few players for whom Boyle’s arrival is likely to cause an issue but Isaac Rice could well be one of them.
The 20-year-old academy graduate is a centre-back and will likely have been hoping that having made his debut in the FA Cup earlier this year, he could be someone that benefits from a potential player exodus in the summer.
The arrival of Boyle would likely mean Rice is knocked back down the pecking order, while with his contract yet to be extended beyond the end of the season it may well mean that he leaves Hillsborough altogether.