Date: 14th May 2020 at 4:13pm
Written by: Brian Morgan

According to Yorkshire Live, Jack Stobbs ‘will be released’ this summer after being told he was surplus to requirements ‘on a Zoom call’. The 23-year-old joined Sheffield Wednesday at the age of six and will be leaving after 17 years.

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The Athletic said earlier this month that Stobbs was ‘expected to move on’ after struggling for playing time under Garry Monk. Vital Sheff Wed have also suggested on a number of occasions that the winger was on borrowed time.

Stobbs was behind Kadeem Harris, Jacob Murphy, Adam Reach and Fernando Forestieri in the pecking order before the season was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so he never stood a chance of being handed a new deal.

He said: “Normally they would do it at the training ground in the office but with the guidelines from the government, they weren’t able to do that. It’s not their fault but when I’ve been there for such a long time, it’s a rubbish way to leave.

“You have that conversation over a video call and that’s it. You probably won’t go back to the training ground, you won’t go back to say goodbye properly. I have been there for 17 years. None of us had expected that we wouldn’t be there to say goodbye and thank people for what they have done for us.”

The 23-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions for Wednesday, the last of which came in August 2018. Stobbs made his debut in the Owls’ 3-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers (April 26, 2014) and his latest outing was in their EFL Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers (August 28, 2018).

The wide-man spent this season on loan at Livingston but made only four appearances before a knee injury ended his stint in Scotland. It was always unlikely that Monk would give him a look-in.

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