Rhoys Wiggins sold
I have a lot of time for Rhoys Wiggins. I have been fortunate to be in his company a couple of times, and he is a very engaging, funny and assured young man. Since the Welshman signed for Chris Powell four years ago I have admired his marauding runs down the wing and his ability to get himself out of a hole defensively. He was one of the stars in that promotion season, and I felt he easily adjusted to the higher level upon promotion.
He has had his injury problems though, at both Charlton, and as a young player at Palace. He may have lost a bit of pace, but I still thought he was our best option at left back and at 27 has the experience and valuable knowledge of this league and it’s opposition to still make him a key part of Guy Luzon’s squad.
Many will be surprised to see that despite those injury problems, Wiggins has still made 81 appearances in the past three Championship seasons and Sheffield Wednesday have picked up a very good player, one that will be both influential and very solid at this level, playing alongside a certain Jose Semedo of course, who has just signed a new contract at Hillsborough.
I am not a big fan of the constant moving and recirculating of players. I find it hard to see how that helps develop a stategy of continual growth and improvement. I hope to be proved wrong of course, however just three summers ago we were celebrating a rare league title, and yet only Damian Matthews, Chris Solly and Johnnie Jackson remain from those wonderful memories.
Mind you only six remain from the 18 that Jose Riga named in his last game at Blackpool in May 2014. This summer has seen a push to sign players on longer contracts. It would nice if they would stay a while, and be remembered for more than just passing by. Our club is worth more than that as Chris Solly and Johnnie Jackson will tell you.