Sheffield Wednesday face a huge test when they travel to high-flying Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday are unbeaten in their previous five games in league and cup since Neil Thompson took the reigns as caretaker manager following the sacking of Tony Pulis last month.
Thompson’s men still find themselves in the relegation-zone, although they’ve not been in league action since beating Derby County on New Year’s Day and do have games in hand.
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However, the Owls’ focus turns to the FA Cup and a clash at Goodison Park this coming weekend.
Captain Barry Bannan was on press duties ahead of the game against Toffees, and was questioned about his contract situation.
The Scottish midfielder hasn’t yet extended his deal at Hillsborough, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, would be available to leave the Owls on a free transfer.
Bannan has been offered fresh terms, and provided an encouraging update on his Wednesday future.
Bannan told Yorkshire Live: “I have made it clear that I want to stay at the club. I have always made that clear. We are nearly there so hopefully there will be some good news in the coming week or two.”
This is excellent news for Wednesday.
Bannan is not only their captain, but has been a crucial part of everything good in previous years.
Whether or not Wednesday remain in the Championship, a clear out next summer would appear on the cards, although Bannan is definitely someone they want to keep around.