Date: 3rd September 2008 at 11:08am
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We’ve seen countless deadlines for Geoff Sheard’s proposed takeover of the Owls come and go – so can his latest one finally see a new dawn at Hillsborough?

The Lancashire businessman has told the Yorkshire Post today that a deal to finally complete his takeover at S6 could well be complete in days, and that he hopes for it all to be done and dusted by the weekend.

This, despite saying that he didn’t want to set any further deadlines after previous one’s haven’t been met – so could this be the real deal this time?

Thousands of Owls fans will be hoping so – hopeful for a new start for Wednesday, grateful that all the talk, all the speculation, all the rumour, and all the press, can finally be put to bed and the club can finally start to move forwards.

‘It’s a matter of days away – I’m hoping we’re done this week,’ he said in today’s Yorkshire Post.

And former Chairman Dave Allen confirmed his hopes, saying: ‘He phoned me to say the funds were in place – which I’m pleased about – and it was hoped to do the deal by the end of the week.’

Sheard had already previously overcome the hurdle of purchasing the shares of the former Owls chairman, as well as fans’ group Wednesdayite, and met with former director Keith Addy and current board member Geoff Hulley this week to conclude deals with the duo.

So there could be a fresh start at S6 just in time for the Owls’ next home game against Watford a week on Saturday – here’s hoping, and keeping everything, yes everything, firmly crossed…