Sheffield Wednesday have released their retained list for next season despite the last game of the current season having yet to be played.
Left-back/winger, Daniel Pudil, a Czech international, has had his contract extended for another year, while Glenn Loovens, Ross Wallace and Jake Kean have not had theirs renewed.
Frederico Venancio and Jacob Butterfield’s loan contracts come to an end after this Sunday’s match against Norwich City.
Striker Atdhe Nuhiu, who has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, has been offered a new contract. So too have youngsters Sean Clare, George Hirst, Dan Wallis, Warren Clarke and Jack Lee. All six of these players are yet to sign their contracts as of yet.
21-year-old Clare, in particular, has impressed after breaking into the Wednesday first-team following a string of injuries for The Owls.
The unusually early announcement may have been prompted by a cryptic Instagram post from Ross Wallace on Tuesday afternoon.
The midfielder had hinted his time at the club had come to an end when he posted on his page: “A massive thank you for your support since I’ve arrived, I’ve loved every minute of being at this amazing club and wish the fans and players the very best of luck in the future.”
Wallace, who has not played for Wednesday since February due to a knee injury, is out of contract at the end of June.
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A 2015 signing from Burnley, Wallace was a key member of the Sheffield Wednesday side that made the play-offs in each of his first two seasons at Hillsborough – scoring or making an impressive 33 goals in that time.
However, new boss Jos Luhukay has already hinted he will aim to reduce the average age of the Owls squad this summer, putting players such as Wallace at risk.
The news also gives fans an opportunity to say farewell to defender Glenn Loovens, who made 149 appearances for the Owls. His one goal for The Steel City side was the winner against Newcastle United at St James Park last season.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Sheffield Wednesday would like to thank each of the departing players for their services and wish them well for the future.”