Sheffield Wednesday moved into the 2015/16 season after a mediocre 13th place finish the year prior.
One win, one draw and one defeat were the results registered at the start of the season with the summer transfer deadline looming.
After an indifferent set of results, manager Carlos Carvalhal was looking to add to his side before the deadline for permeant transfers passed.
The Owls were active on deadline day when the made a late swoop for a Barry Bannan from Crystal Palace.
Then at 25-years-old, he spent the end of the previous year on loan at Bolton Wanderers featuring 16 times.
He made played just 27 times for Palace in the two years he was at Selhurst Park.
And on August 31 2015 the signing was confirmed.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 31, 2015
The initial reaction to the new addition was favourable from the Sheffield Wednesday faithful.
— Joe (@JDSWFC) August 31, 2015
— Richard Hare (@RichardHare82) August 31, 2015
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— Thomas Martin (@tommyowl1867) August 31, 2015
The Scotland international expressed his delight at moving to Hillsborough on what was an initial one-year deal.
Glad to have joined @swfc on a permanent transfer today new start and glad to be going somewhere to play regular football and a fresh start
— Barry Bannan (@bazzabannan25) August 31, 2015
Bannan had to wait to make his debut with an international break between him signing and making his first start.
He made his first Championship appearance for his new side in the 3-1 defeat to Burnley on September 12, 2015.
After that, however, Bannan would be a part of a nine match unbeaten run which included five wins.
The winger would score his first goal for the club at the end of that run in the 2-2 draw against Cardiff City to rescue a point from a losing position.
After six months at the club, Bannan impressed sufficiently to earn himself a new three-and-a-half-year deal.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) January 14, 2016
With the club’s fans very much for the contract being offered.
— Ian Whittaker (@ijwits) January 14, 2016
— Andy Sills (@leSills) January 14, 2016
— Stan (@studley121) January 14, 2016
— dlln (@dllnUK) January 14, 2016
That year Bannan would score three times and assist twice as his first year with the club ended in a play-off campaign.
Sheffield Wednesday finished 6th and made it to the post-season lottery but fell to a 1-0 final defeat to Hull City who were promoted.
In his second season at the club, Wednesday once again made the play-offs with Bannan scoring once but being more prolific in the assist department, registering eight to go with his three the year before.
The Owls would bow out at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Huddersfield Town.
Bannan was not at his the year after that with Wednesday finishing 15th and the Scotsman only scoring once with three assists.
Despite it being his worst season at the club heading into his final year, Bannan extended his stay at Hillsborough once more.
Signing a new three-year deal until the summer of 2021.
We've got.. some good news for you!
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 29, 2018
Wednesday fans were more than happy with this news.
Yesssssss!!! @bazzabannan25 Is our best player of recent times !!!!!
— ????wawaws6???? (@swfcwawaws6) August 29, 2018
Love that! @bazzabannan25 well done and well deserved!
— Sergej Odström (@SergejOdstrom) August 29, 2018
Let’s go, wish it was until 2030
— CE Nyte (@qNyte) August 29, 2018
This term he has managed to scoop the August Goal of the Month for the Championship with a super volley against Millwall in their first win of the season.
He has already scored two and assisted once, forming a wonderful partnership with Joey Pelupessy in the middle of the pitch.
The initial reaction to Bannan’s arrival was positive but none would have envisaged how important he would be to the Sheffield Wednesday cause.
Owls fans were right to be excited about this signing after his service with the club so far, and with another three years of Bannan at Hillsborough, there is certainly more to come from the 28-year-old.