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The 32-year-old issues Sheffield Wednesday contract hint

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The stalwart of Sheffield Wednesday, whose deal with the team expires this summer, has expressed his desire to shatter the Owls’ all-time appearance record.

The right-back, who made 34 appearances and 25 starts, contributed significantly to the team’s 2023–24 Championship survival attempt. He also scored two goals and provided one assist.
Danny Rohl’s team needed the 32-year-old’s goals this season. In April, he opened the score in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City, another team fighting for relegation, and on the last day of the season, he scored the game’s first goal as the Owls overcame Sunderland 2-0 to guarantee their place in the second division.

Palmer’s appearance against the Black Cats was his 434th for the club, and he marked the last match of the 2023/24 season in style by scoring a crucial goal.

The Scotland international now sits 112 appearances behind Wednesday’s record appearance holder Andrew Wilson, who made an impressive 546 outings for the Owls.

The defender expressed his desire to end his career with the Owls in an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield. It is possible that he hinted at the possibility of a new deal being discussed at Hillsborough.

“Looking at that all-time appearance record, it’s coming ever closer and closer,” Palmer stated.
“I finished seventh in the final game of the season, so 112 more games and I’ll be right there at the top.
That’s something I’m thinking about in the background.

“My goal would be to climb as high as I could on that list if I could make it into the top five the following season or something similar.”

If Palmer stays at Hillsborough, he could surpass Don Megson’s 442 appearances as soon as the next season. Palmer is just 32 outings away from holding the fifth-highest appearance record for the Owls.

Although the full-back’s contract is about to end this summer, it is clear from his recent statement that he wants to continue in South Yorkshire because he is anxious to beat Wednesday’s appearance record.

Consequently, we should anticipate that Palmer will sign new contracts at Hillsborough, and his performances in the 2023–2024 season demonstrate that he is a valuable member of the Owls even after making his League One debut in 2010–2011.

The 32-year-old has represented Wednesday in the Championship and the third division, under different managers and in different eras. His valiant performances at the end of the 2023–2024 season suggest that he will be an important member of Rohl’s squad.

The Owls were at the bottom of the Championship league when Rohl took over as manager in October. Under Xisco Munoz, they had lost all ten of their season’s games.

Before Rohl was appointed, Wednesday appeared doomed, but the 35-year-old led his team to safety as they finished in 20th place, three points clear of the relegation zone.

The prospect of a full season under Rohl’s stewardship is one which will excite the Hillsborough faithful, and retaining Palmer would be a solid start to preparations for the 2024/25 campaign.

 

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