‘Fans and Baz helped bring new faces to the club’

Wednesday boss Darren Moore has spoken of how the fans and skipper Barry Bannan have played their part in attracting a host of new players to Hillsborough this summer.

Talking of the influx of new blood at Hillsborough – both permanent signings and season-long loans – the Owls boss said: “There’s been some careful planning with the players we have brought in, we have to get them in, get them settled and focus on the team cohesion. I’m pleased with the acquisitions we’ve brought in.

“I want to thank the supporters because they play a big part in getting the players here. The players want to play in front of them and credit to the supporters because Sheffield Wednesday is in the hearts and minds of people, even if they are not connected to the club.

“I’ve been able to echo that to the players we’ve brought in, and they have been excited by it.”

Referring to the part skipper Bannan has played in helping with recruitment, the manager added: “I sat down over the summer with Baz and I will tell you, I’m sure he won’t mind me saying, he has helped bring the players into the club because of who he is and the respect he has.”

Running the rule over his four recent striker signings, Moore said: “Lee Gregory is a quality player. He adds competition to the top end of the pitch and we’re looking forward to getting him started. He’s knows the level, his enthusiasm and willingness that he possesses makes him a really good player.

“Marvin Johnson has played a lot of his football at the level above and brings us balance to the left side of the team. He brings good experience so to have someone of his ilk is fantastic and he’ll be a good player for us.

“Theo Corbeanu is a wonderful player and I’m excited for him. He’s a top young talent and his style of play is very different. He’s got wonderful balance on his left and right.

“He’s a wonderful character and got good parts to him as a human being and a top, top talent that I want to make better with the platform here at Sheffield Wednesday.

“Florian Kamberi has had a really good week in training and blown off the cobwebs because he had to isolate when he came into the country. He’s looking more like the player we wanted every day and has had a solid week.”

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