Kieran Lee has put pen to paper on a fresh one-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday, the club has confirmed.
Lee is now set to move into his eighth season with the Hillsborough outfit after signing an extension to his previous deal which expired on June 30th.
The midfielder has established himself as a popular figure since arriving at the club in 2012, but he has been plagued by injuries of late and only featured 17 times in the last two seasons.
However, the 31-year-old returned from injury towards the end of last season and made the Owls’ starting line-up for the season finale against QPR.
He has now enjoyed a successful pre-season with the club and is set to be available for selection when Wednesday kick off their Championship campaign in just over a week’s time.
Lee, who has made 186 appearances for Wednesday, is now set to compete with the likes of Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson and Joey Pelupessy for a place in Wednesday’s midfield.
This will come as a big relief for Wednesday fans, as Lee is capable of being one of the best midfielders in the Championship when he’s fit.
Lee has been involved with the club in pre-season so most Owls supporters would have assumed he will be around next season, but confirmation of his new deal provides some much-needed certainty regarding the issue.
He has had a frustrating couple of seasons at the club with his injury concerns, but it will feel like Wednesday have made a new signing if he is back at his best next term.
Wednesday must now appoint their new manager before the start of the season to give him at least a chance of making a few new signings before the window shuts. If they can manage this, the club is not looking in bad shape heading into next season.