Hull City legend Dean Windass has said his son and Sheffield Wednesday attacker Josh Windass’ future at Hillsborough is unlikely to be certified until the issue over unpaid player wages is sorted out, in an interview with the Football Transfer Tavern.
In early June, the Mirror reported that the Players’ Football Association (PFA) had been contacted in regards to this problem, with Owls’ players not being paid for over three months at the time after their relegation from the Championship.
At that point, some players were even threatening to walk away from the club, with defender Julian Borner already launching arbitration proceedings against the club after seemingly agreeing a deal to join German side Hannover 96.
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However, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter yesterday, these outstanding wages have now been paid to Wednesday players who have remained at the club, although he also suggested those who had already left South Yorkshire, including Kadeem Harris and Adam Reach, had not received the same payment.
One man who is still at the club is Josh Windass, who has been subject of widespread interest over the summer after scoring nine goals and recording six assists in a struggling side last season. Despite this, his father and pundit Dean has indicated that he could remain at the club despite their relegation to League One.
Speaking to the Transfer Tavern about the previous issue over player payments, Dean Windass said: “It’s a difficult situation, because they’ve not been paid for two months, so I’m not sure what intentions Sheffield Wednesday have got.
“He’s happy to stay there if everything gets resolved. I don’t know the answer, obviously Darren Moore doesn’t want to lose him, but the players have got to get paid and once that gets resolved, the situation might change.”
Now this issue seems to be resolved, for the short-term anyway, they will be hoping to get out of their transfer embargo after submitting their accounts as manager Darren Moore looks to build a side capable of winning promotion back to the Championship. This news needs to be the start of a bright summer for him and his team.
Looking at Wigan’s last campaign though, with the Latics finishing just above the drop zone, it shows how difficult life can be in the third-tier after being relegated with financial problems and Sheffield Wednesday fans shouldn’t expect the next campaign to be a doddle even with a few additions.
Many players have already left Hillsborough in the last month or two and with no new players coming in for the start of pre-season, the club’s coaching staff have the unenviable task of working with what they have.
They will be continuing to draw up potential targets in preparation for the EFL to give them the green light to make signings – and they may have already missed out on a few of them due to their embargo.
But another one of their priorities is retaining Windass, and now wages have been paid, he looks more likely to remain at the club.