It seems that had things turned out differently, Steven Fletcher could well be heading for the Premier League now, after the striker revealed he turned down a move to newly promoted Norwich in favour of a move to Sheffield Wednesday.
Fletcher joined Wednesday after being released by Sunderland three years ago, and according to the Scotland striker, he was on his way to Norwich when he became aware of the interest from The Owls, and at that point it was the intervention of Scotland teammate Barry Bannan that secured Fletcher’s service for Wednesday.
Speaking to Open Goal about his potential move to Norwich, Fletcher revealed: “It was Baz who got me to sign. I was going down to talk with Norwich.
“I was driving down and my agent had called me on the way down saying, listen, Sheffield Wednesday are keen.
I was looking at the sat-nav thinking, there’s still six hours left from Glasgow to Norwich – still a long way to go. I was half-way, I was thinking, Sheffield’s just there, do you know what I mean?”
It was at that point that Fletcher decided to contact Bannan, who at the time had been with Wednesday for a single season, with the striker continuing: “I texted him and said, what’s Wednesday like? He said, brilliant. I said, they want me to go speak to them. He said, you need to come. And I was like, right – sat-nav, changing it. I went in and signed that night.”
Norwich, who at that point had just been relegated from the Premier League, were then managed by now Preston manager Alex Neil, and Fletcher says his other fellow Scot was less pleased by the collapse of the deal, claiming: “I had to tell Alex Neil, aye. He wasn’t happy. I can’t even say (what he said) on camera! Nah, it wasn’t too bad, just, OK. That’s even worse, isn’t it?”
Since moving to Hillsborough in 2016, Fletcher has made 106 appearances and scored 25 goals for Wednesday.
Fletcher has has a good three years with Wednesday, but you wonder if he will regret this move more than Norwich, given the Canaries are heading back to the Premier League next season.
Wednesday however have shown promise under Steve Bruce since the turn of the year, and Fletcher may feel that his chances of a return to the top tier are far from over yet.