By Andy Gregory
Tom Lees has completed a move to Sheffield Wednesday today, ending his long association with the club since being signed as an eight year old. The defender has joined the Owls on a three year contract after we have appeared to let him leave for nothing, despite having two years left on his contract.
The club have stated that he has left for an undisclosed fee, but it has been previously claimed by Wednesday's manager that Lees would be joining on a free transfer.
I have to admit I am disappointed with his departure, I've always been a fan of his and it's never good to see a local lad from our academy leave the club... Especially if it's for nothing and as of yet with no replacement. Fare enough he didn't have a great time of it last season, but that could be said for the majority of the squad, and it could be argued that he didn't have a chance with the midfield (or lack of it) in front of him. At the age of 23 and with an improved team I believe he still had something to offer our club and was probably still one of the best defenders currently at our disposal.
All we can hope is that Cellino and the Hock have a plan up their sleeve and that we will be quickly adding some quality additions to our squad. At least one (maybe two) centre backs now high up on the list. That added to our now customary need for wingers and another striker to bolster our front line. Time is of the essence as we are now very close to the start of the season, and really need to be ready for our opening games..
Stuart Gray may well have done a great piece of business for Wednesday, securing a young and talented defender for peanuts (if anything).
Anyway all the best Tom, and good luck for the future as the Whites go marching on. MOT.