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Sheffield Wednesday player wages fiasco takes another turn as trade union wades in

Sheffield Wednesday’s tumultuous off-season continues with the news that the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) have been called in.

The PFA is in contact with both Wednesday and the EFL regarding the ongoing issue of unpaid player wages.

Reports have suggested some players are considering walking away from the club if the situation is not resolved soon. Players have not been paid either in full or on time for the past three months.

It was suggested a number of Wednesday players are said to be considering handing in their notice amid the ongoing situation at the club.

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The list of potential rebels includes players who are under contract for next season.

Sheffield Wednesday will be in League One next season

If they were to depart for nothing it would represent not only an embarrassing episode for the club but a costly one too in terms of lost income through potential transfer fees.

This is not the first time the trade union have stepped in to deal with the Owls.

They were also called in to offer advice last December following a similar episode and our colleagues at Yorkshire Live understand PFA officials have met Wednesday dignitaries to discuss the matter.

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They are also said to have written to Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri asking for clarity over when the club’s players will receive their outstanding wages.

Wednesday were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season. A 3-3 draw with Derby wasn’t enough to prevent Darren Moore’s side from slipping into the third tier.

Wednesday can ill afford to lose players like Josh Windass, as they prepare to return to the third tier

Since then the club have released ten players with no sign of new arrivals anytime soon, amid the ongoing wages issue.

Liam Shaw, one of the most talented players to emerge from the academy, signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic whilst another highly-rated youngster Osaze Urhoghide looks destined to reject the advances of a fresh contract and go elsewhere. It has left manager Moore with a wafer-thin squad.

Despite that, and the off-field drama, Wednesday are still second-favourites with Skybet to lift the League One title next year.

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