Sheffield Wednesday confirm Matt Penney has agreed a new deal until 2021. The 22-year-old was coming the end of his contract and had spent the season on loan at FC St Pauli, so his future was uncertain this summer.
But with Garry Monk being impressed when Penney returned to Sheffield during the mid-season break and saying he wants to view the left-back up close this summer, a 12-month extension makes sense.
Penney rose through the youth ranks to the Wednesday first-team in 2016 and has gone on to make 17 appearances in all competitions, making one assist. His last outing for the Owls came November 2018, and he last made the matchday squad in May 2019.
The 22-year-old has struggled to nail down a starting place in recent years, so he was loaned out to Bradford (January 31, 2017 – May 31, 2017), Mansfield Town (January 31, 2018 – May 31, 2018) and St Pauli (August 22, 2019 – present) to continue his development. Penney could be in and around the Wednesday first-team next season, however, so he has a big year ahead of him.
Vital Wednesday predicted that Penney would be retained as Fox’s future was uncertain, so it’s on him to push for a starting place now. Liam Palmer and Adam Reach can operate at left-back next season, so there is still stiff competition for Penney even if Fox leaves.