Date: 26th March 2020 at 7:30am
Written by: Brian Morgan

According to Yorkshire Live, Matt Penney could stay at Sheffield Wednesday and be handed a new deal this summer. The 22-year-old had an uncertain future at Hillsborough as his last appearance came 14 months ago and he’s soon to be out of contract, but Yorkshire Live believe he’ll be retained for next season as Garry Monk wants to see him up close.

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Penney rose through the youth ranks to Wednesday’s first-team in 2016 and has gone on to make 17 appearances in all competitions. He’s spent the season on loan at FC St Pauli, making 13 appearances before the campaign was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but made a brief impression on Monk during the winter break.

The Wednesday boss got a glimpse of Penney back at Sheffield and wants to see more of him when the season officially ends. His contract expires in the coming months, but Monk wants the left-back to stick around over the summer as he believes Penney could be useful next season.

The Owls currently have Morgan Fox and Adam Reach who can operate in Penney’s role, but Fox is out of contract this summer and has yet to sign a new deal while Reach has struggled for consistency. Penney may be a better option to compete with Fox for a starting place as he’s a natural defender. Reach tends to operate on the wing.

Wednesday may not make significant progress with contract talks for some time, however. The Owls have allowed eight players to run their deals down this season, many of whom are indispensable under Monk – Fox, Kieran Lee, Joey Pelupessy, Sam Hutchinson, Sam Winnall, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher – so Penney may be in the dark for the time being.

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