New Sheffield Wednesday signing Marvin Johnson has admitted to the club’s official website that he turned down offers from the Sky Bet Championship in order to sign for the Owls this summer.
The 30-year-old was previously a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough and was said to be of interest to several clubs throughout the window as he weighed up his next career move.
Hull City, Blackpool and Millwall were all said to be considering a move for the player, but in the end it was Wednesday who tied up a deal yesterday.
Speaking recently about the move, Johnson was quick to admit that he did have the opportunity to go elsewhere before deciding that Hillsborough was the right place for him:
“I had quite a few options in the Championship but thinking of it as a whole and meeting the gaffer, the ambition was there and I’m an ambitious player.
“Hopefully I can help and get the squad back where it needs to be. He didn’t say anything that any manager wouldn’t say to get a player he wants but he has been brilliant.”
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Johnson’s transfer wasn’t the only piece of business that was completed by the Steel City club yesterday, with the Owls also bringing in striker Lee Gregory from Stoke City as they continue to add more depth to their existing squad.
Wednesday get their Sky Bet League One campaign underway on Saturday as they travel to London to face Charlton Athletic at the Valley.
This signing combined with the addition of Gregory shows that Wednesday still have a great deal of pulling power despite suffering their relegation back down to the third tier.
I firmly believe that they have assembled a squad that is capable of getting them straight back into the Championship and it will be intriguing to see how long they take to gel as a collective.
Darren Moore has done very well to get in these targets and I think he will be pleased with the backing that he has received from the hierarchy.
Now the club’s attentions will turn to their game at Charlton tomorrow, in what is set to be a tough opening fixture to their league campaign.