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The Wood Saga

So, our team captain Richard Wood saw his transfer request turned down by Wednesday boss Brian Laws just days before the close of the transfer window - should he be stripped of the captaincy?

The Wakefield-born defender has been the subject of mass speculation in recent weeks, with Coventry City and Birmingham City both said to be interested in signing the Owls' skipper.

And the speculation culminated in Woody asking for a transfer away from S6 last week, a request that was turned down by the Owls boss as he insists Wednesday's best young players are staying put.

But should the centre-back keep the captaincy in light of the news, or should the armband be handed elsewhere?

That's what we're asking in this week's Vital Sheffield Wednesday poll - and we want your views!

Woody has become somewhat of a cult hero at S6 - you know the type, a player that gives 100 per cent, that comes through the youth system at the club, that plays with his heart on his sleeve, and who pretty much is part of the furniture.

Year upon year Woody has made a centre-back spot at Hillsborough his own, although at the same time failing to attract any interest to step up to a higher level since starting out in professional football - he was the kind of player who seemed destined to stay in the blue and white shirt, for the time being at least.

But interest from other clubs in the Championship has seen him, for reasons unknown apart from him and Mr Laws, have seen him want out at S6.

The initial reaction from the Wednesday faithful, as expected, hasn't been great, and it should be interesting to see the reaction at Hillsborough should Woody turn out in the blue and white for the Owls' next game, at home to Watford on Saturday, September 13.

Of course, money talks, and he could well be playing in different colours come that weekend should he move away from S6 before the close of the transfer window.

But we want to know what you think - should he remain Wednesday team captain should be stay, or should it be handed to someone else?

Have your say now by voting in this week's poll, and enter the debate by discussing this topic on the official Vital Sheffield Wednesday forum.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 1 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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his credibilty as a loyal player to the blue and white cause has just been shot to pieces, money does talk and it is obvious that this is the catalyst behind his request, laws has to find a replacement immediately and allow wood to collect his nine pieces of gold!!
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01/09/2008 09:38:00

Am still in shock at this news. Didn't think Woody was the type to sell us out to a few extra quid being offered. As a captain we need someone who will die for the cause so the armband MUST now be handed to someone else in my opinion
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01/09/2008 11:24:00

if he wants to better his career and become a better player - then you can't criticise him. but coventry?! we really are in a mess if our captain sees coventry as a progression. and what sort of message does this send out to not only the fans, but the other players?!
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01/09/2008 12:37:00

It's not the transfer request that annoys me. Anyone should be allowed to follow a career path they want as long as they go about things in the proper manner. But christ alive, asking for a transfer with so little time to line up a replacement. Good god, how little respect do players have for clubs and fans? I hope BL leaves Woody in no doubt that if he doesn't act professionally from now on he can rot in the reserves, he'll soon realise that when you're not playing even Coventry will forget you. If you want to improve your career Woody just concentrate on playing well. Everything else will slide into place.
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01/09/2008 13:26:00

take it off him now and get shut of him while were at it. why should we be loyal to him when its quite obvious he doesnt return the favour
Looney Tune
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01/09/2008 16:55:00

agreed looney. give it to o'connor
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01/09/2008 17:00:00

Mad keen supporter but don't get to the games very often stuck down here in Sussex, taking what someone said earlier, it could well have been his agent pushed him, he's got to worth giving a second chance, hasn't he? although an apology would be nice
Brighton Owl
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01/09/2008 17:47:00

dnt get on his back he wants to leave cos there is no ambition at the club and unless the takeover comes in which looks very bleek wednesday r just going to crumble so get b hind him n show him how much we need him
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01/09/2008 18:08:00

the sad fact is our young players are out growing the club who have no ambition unlike themselves he would only follow the likes of brunt whelan boughera maclean and in time simek spurr and beevers unless we get investment soon and when contracts expire i fear the worst.
beverley owl
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01/09/2008 19:35:00

trouble is now mr wood you will have to put in faultless performances or the s6 crowd will rightly crucify you
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02/09/2008 00:25:00

wood is one of a few good players at s6 including beevers and spurr. can you as a club afford to treat woods like this. deep deep down you want him to stay so why make it even more difficult??
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02/09/2008 00:48:00

at last kyle_swfc & beverley owl and even BFL1889 are showing some sense and actually see the club for what it is, the rest of you who says richard will get all he deserves etc call your selves fans???
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02/09/2008 09:08:00

you can't blame him for wanting to better himself, whether he can do that at coventry is another matter... i can't believe that he will give anything other than 100% to wednesday and we need to show him that he is as highly valued as laws say he is! we'll keep players like woody, beevers and spurr if we show progression year on year. and despite our situation on the last day of the season - we weren't miles away from the playoffs. so if we can kick on this year - we can show these players that rather than leaving, s6 can enhance their careers. UTO!
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02/09/2008 10:50:00

The takeover looks very bleek because people with agendas have posted things that just are not true. Unfortunately certain fans have been taken in by it all and actually believe what been said. Oh and the last time I heard people were entitled to their own opinions !
Skeggy Owl
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02/09/2008 13:47:00

take the armband off him and give it to watto, as club captain and age he knows more about the game and wednesday. oconnor hasnt been with us long enough yet and spurr and beevers r too young (few yrs if they r still here). get bully on coaching from next season WTID
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02/09/2008 15:46:00

you have to admire laws and the board for telling woods he's not going anywhere. they could quite easilly have sold him last night on the cheap knowing full well he wants away. the fact laws has dug his heals in on this matter speaks volumes. or is it the case that no one actually came in for him?
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02/09/2008 18:55:00

tell you what lads if you dont want him then we will have him at the lane tomorrow on loan until january, and then make the move permanent in a 1.5m deal!!
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02/09/2008 21:15:00


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