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1415 burnley ross wallace 00 300x400It’s coming to the time of years when some footballers will be signing new deals with their clubs while others will be moving on, sometimes having found themselves surplus to requirements.

That’s the situation former Burnley player Ross Wallace has found himself in with Sheffield Wednesday confirming yesterday that he is one of three player s who won’t be offered a new deal. It’s an unusual step for a club to confirm their retained list before the season is over but it was Wallace himself who prompted it when he took to social media to say is goodbyes.

Prior to any announcement, he wrote: “A massive thank you for your support since I’ve arrived. I’ve loved every minute of being at this amazing club and wish the fans and players the very best of luck in the future.”

Wallace joined Wednesday from Burnley three years ago and has been hugely popular with the Owls fans during his time at Hillsborough. It came to an abrupt end in February when, in a defeat at Millwall, he was substituted because of an injury and required surgery which ruled him out of the rest of the season.

He’d been a regular in the first team and had played in 108 of their 125 league games from the start of the 2015/16 season to the time he was injured. He’d scored ten league goals for them this season and throughout  his time at Hillsborough had led the way with goals and assists.

His move there ended a six year spell at Burnley. We’d signed him from Preston in the aftermath of our 2010 relegation and his departure, like his arrival, came at a time with us having been relegated and after a season in which he’d only started one game.

He’d played for Celtic and Sunderland prior to joining Preston and has gone on to make well over 400 career league appearances and Sunderland are the first club to have shown an interest in the 32-year-old.

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