SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY defender Tom Lees has urged the Owls to secure the services of Championship Player of the Month nominee Barry Bannan for an extended spell.
The Scottish international midfielder signed a yearly contract after joining the Hillsborough outfit in September, with the deal running out next June.
Bannan has been instrumental in the Owls’ rise up the table and was also outstanding in the Capital One Cup win over Arsenal and Lees hopes he can stick around in the longer-term.
Lees, who played alongside Bannan during a brief loan spell that the schemer had at Leeds earlier in his career, said: “It is probably a gamble on both sides when you sign a one-year contract with a club. If it doesn’t go so well, it is probably in the club’s favour.
“Barry is playing well and I hope we do tie him down. It would be important going forward but that’s not for me to comment on.
“When he signed, I knew he had real ability so I was excited to see what he would offer. Straight away it became clear that he was a top player. I have been pleasantly hard to see how hard he works off the ball.
“A lot of players with his ability and his vision and passing, you usually get one side to their game where you have to carry them a bit but not with Barry. His work rate is phenomenal so that’s good to see.”
Also in the running with Bannan for the Championship player of the month award are Burnley striker Andre Gray, veteran Birmingham defender Paul Robinson and Brentford talisman Alan Judge.
The accolade will be announced on Friday.