Date:Friday October 30 2009
The knee-jerk reactions are over and the rumours have started, but where will want-away defender Richard Wood end up playing his football?
Coventry City, Ipswich Town?
They're the two front-runners for the Owls Academy product, having already declared their interest in the Wakefield-born centre-back.
Even our friends in S2 seem to be mentioned with his services, but then again aren't they always thrown into the mixer when it comes to former Wednesday Academy players?
Derek Geary, Alan Quinn and Leigh Bromby ring any bells?
Even so, I'm discounting United from this one, though the possible sale of Matt Kilgallon could make it interesting.
It seems the majority of Owls fans were up in arms about Woods failure to agree new terms on a contract at S6.
That's right, the same Richard Wood that fans didn't seem too bothered about at the start of the season.
The same Richard Wood that could easily be sold to get some extra cash for a striker, or a midfielder.
He was surplus to requirements in some people's eyes, with Darren Purse coming on the scene.
Of course, things change, and they have - Woody has been arguably Wednesday's best defender so far this season.
I guess that made it even harder for some Wednesdayites that, apparantly, he was demanding to be the highest paid player at the club with his new contract.
We only have Wednesday's side of the story so far, from the Owls press office, from an angry Brian Laws, and of course, we have no reason not to believe them.
It'll be interesting to hear Woody's side of the story if we ever do.
Back to the main point though, and we're letting go a player who wasn't exactly deemed a first team regular at the start of the season.
We're letting go of an average Championship player, maybe slightly above average - it isn't the end of the world.
If we can get a decent amount of cash for him and use the money wisely (which is for another article) then it shouldn't be too much of a problem, should it?
From talking to Woody personally, albeit after our hammering at Reading next season, he simply wanted to earn what he thought he was worth, let me explain...
He was still on a relatively low wage in comparison to other first team regulars.
At that point he was the team captain and a first team regular, a wanted man too by Coventry, and he explained to me that he felt he deserved as much as other first team regulars, especially being the captain.
I could see his point.
Whether he did demand to be made the highest paid player, I've no idea.
As for a bust up with Laws? He was full of praise of the manager when we spoke, saying he was the best thing about the club and the reason he wanted to stay.
Clearly things have changed, whether that be as a result of the contract negotiations, the taking of the captaincy, I'm not sure.
But he's going, his time as a Wednesday player is over.
He came through the Academy and has been arguably our best Academy product of the last decade, he has to be applauded for that and I thank him for his time as a Wednesday player.
Now it's up to the club to get the best sum possible for him, and it seems we have a number of clubs chasing his services.
Ipswich were reported to have tabled a bid for him before the close of the last transfer window, throwing Jon Stead into the mixer too - I wonder if they'll repeat the deal this time, or simply offer cash?
Coventry City are also in there, and their offer is likely to be cash only - whether they still have that cash to splash is another matter.
We can expect to see Woody leaving prior to January though, maybe on a loan deal before a permanent deal can be struck.
Will anyone else come in for him? Who knows - the more the merrier though as far as we're concerned!
Let the bidding commence!
Date:Friday October 30 2009
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