Date: 29th March 2020 at 7:00am
Written by: Brian Morgan

According to Yorkshire Live, Steven Fletcher should soon sign a new deal at Sheffield Wednesday, as the Owls are ‘keen to extend his stay (at Hillsborough), as is Fletcher’. The 33-year-old’s contract is up this summer and there hasn’t been any progress made despite Wednesday’s determination to tie him down, but Yorkshire Live believe confirmation will come.

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Elliot Jackson wrote: “The 33-year-old is out of contract this summer but, like (Morgan) Fox, the Owls are keen to extend his stay, as is Fletcher.” The Scotland international has made 135 appearances in all competitions since joining from Sunderland in 2016, scoring 38 goals and making nine assists.

Fletcher is Wednesday’s top goalscorer this season, netting 13 league goals before the Covid-19 pandemic spread in the UK. He’s indispensable under Garry Monk and has hit the back of the net more times than Atdhe Nuhiu (4), Jordan Rhodes (3), Fernando Forestieri (2), Sam Winnall (2) and Connor Wickham (0), as per Transfermarkt.

It’s no wonder why the Owls are desperate to keep the 33-year-old, but Vital Wednesday previous pondered if Fletcher was being a hold-out. Wednesday’s poor form in 2020 may have given the striker pause for thought while his contract demands may have been an issue as he’s the second-highest earner in the squad.

Yorkshire Live’s comments suggest otherwise, however, so fans should expect good news on Fletcher’s contract in the coming weeks and months. He could even be accompanied by one or two new faces in the new transfer window to replace all the outgoings – Wickham will return to Crystal Palace, Rhodes is available for sale and Forestieri, Nuhiu & Winnall are out of contract.

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