The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BARRY Ban­nan in­sists he does not need to leave Sh­effield Wed­nes­day to re­turn to the Premier League af­ter ty­ing up his long-term fu­ture with the Owls.

The 26-year-old mid­fielder started his ca­reer in the top tier with As­ton Villa but has since dropped down to the Cham­pi­onship.

How­ever his ca­reer has re­ceived a kick-start at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. And af­ter sign­ing a fresh three­and-a-half year con­tract with the Owls last week, Ban­nan is con­vinced he can help end the club’s 16-year Premier League ex­ile.

“There are good things hap­pen­ing here,” said Ban­nan.“I have now found a club that suits my style of play, and a club that loves me.That’s shown in my per­for­mances on the pitch.

“I have had the years in the Premier League and can say ‘yes, I am a Premier League foot­baller’.

“But I wasn’t ready, be­cause I wasn’t play­ing week-in, week-out, which I am now. I want to get back to the Premier League, but I want to get there with Wed­nes­day.”

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