Date: 22nd June 2018 at 8:53am
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There was plenty of excitement yesterday as Sheffield Wednesday discovered the fixture list for the coming 2018/19 Championship campaign and it certainly seemed to restore some hope and optimism in the fanbase after a slow summer so far.

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With the only real news of note since the 2017/18 campaign came to a close being the requirement for Jos Luhukay to reduce costs associated with the first-team group and concerns surrounding the likes of Barry Bannan being cashed in on to achieve that aim, it has been a muted few weeks in the life of the club.

With the fixtures generating some talk in the Twittersphere, Sky Sports confirmed a mini cash boost for us already with them selecting the Sunderland League Cup clash for screening – Thursday, August 16 @ 7.45pm.

But the true explosion of some joy came when a key player for us tweeted about the released fixture lists, as for many his choice of words more than implied that speculation about a possible departure was wide of the mark.

So over to Barry Bannan.

That cued a raft of complimentary responses, including a few requests for him to sign a contract extension to really put the rumour mill to rest.