Date:Sunday July 25 2010
So an offer from Burnley has been accepted for Lee Grant and our stopper looks set to leave for Turf Moor, but his departure shouldn't dent Wednesday's hopes of promotion too much.
Fans have reacted pretty strongly today against Grant's sure-fire departure to the Championship club, mainly due to the 'undisclosed' fee tagged on his services.
Of course, Grant is a top goalkeeper, and the best we've had in a fair while at Hillsborough, he'll be missed by Wednesdayites following today's news.
But Owls fans shouldn't get too carried about the loss, Grant can be replaced and we can still be one of the favourites for promotion next season.
Let's turn the clock back to the end of last season, it was almost a nailed-on certainty accepted by most fans that Grant would be on his way.
Linked with Birmingham City, West Brom and Burnley in the last year, the former England U21 internatonal was undoubtedly too good to be plying his trade in the third tier of English football.
We were all expecting a bid to come in for him, we were all expecting him to leave.
Grant's future has been talked about throughout the close season, it's no surprise that he's left for pastures new - Wednesday needed the cash and Grant wanted to be playing at a higher level.
He didn't demand to leave, he seemed happy to continue as an Owl at League One level next season, but money talks - and Wednesday had to accept the offer, especially after last week's winding-up petition.
The only gripe I have against the whole thing is the undisclosed fee - undisclosed for a reason, and hopefully not for a ridiculously low sum for his services.
Many had valued Grant and up to £2m, especially after recently penning a new deal, and it was thought a sum of around £1.5-£2m would be a decent amount to snap him up.
In our current situation I'd have taken that, and hopefully it won't be too far below the £1.5m mark, it was the Clarets' fourth bid afterall.
But for how good Grant was, he did have his weaknesses - his command of the area left a lot to be desired and he didn't exactly leave us confident from set-pieces.
A superb shot-stopper he was, he pulled out an array of top-drawer saves and they often caught the attention.
He was a quality goalkeeper for us and for that I thank him, and in turn I'm sure he'd thank us for the support and in turning his career around following his time at Derby County.
But we move on - Grant is replaceable for a lesser sum than we received for him.
Nicky Weaver is the name being mentioned at present, as well as former loanee Iain Turner, who Irvine will know well from his time at Everton.
Both of these players have question marks over them, but both have the quality to be successful goalkeepers at Sheffield Wednesday next season.
The hope for me is that Irvine can get someone in as soon as possible, to get to know the defence and to play in some pre-season friendlies before the big league kick-off.
Today's news is disappointing, no doubt, but it's not the end of the world, and it certainly shouldn't dampen spirits too much following the fine job Irvine has done in his recruitment this summer.
Keep the faith - up the Owls.
Date:Sunday July 25 2010
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