Johnsons among the eight to be released 
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Reda Johnson is one of eight players released by Wednesday.
Reda Johnson is one of eight players released by Wednesday.
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DEFENDER Reda Johnson and mercurial winger Jermaine Johnson head the list of names on Sheffield Wednesday’s released list, with the duo among eight players freed by the club.

It was widely expected that Jermaine Johnson, who turns 34 next month, would leave when his current contract expires, with the addition of his namesake more of a surprise.

The Frenchman, 26, featured 21 times for the Owls in 
2013-14, with a persistent foot injury curtailing his involvement.

Seasoned professionals Anthony Gardner, Miguel Llera, Martin Taylor and David Prutton, all of whom are in their early to mid thirties, have also been shown the door by Stuart Gray.

The Owls head coach has also allowed Adam Davies to leave, but the club are to open talks with representatives of goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and midfielder Jose Semedo, whose deals expire next month.

Wednesday will also speak to the agents of experienced defensive duo Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu, who have impressed during their time at S6, with a view to the pair signing conttract extensions with their short-term deals having expired.

Prutton is widely expected to join Coventry City, with the former Leeds United midfielder having been on loan at the Sky Blues since the end of March.

On his Twitter account, the Hull-born player, 32, said: “I can see myself here (Coventry) because the manager’s attention to detail and training and conditioning side of it is fantastic.

“Sheffield Wednesday, in your entirety, thank you! You’ve been amazing to me and it’s been nothing less than an honour. Onwards.”

Meanwhile, Jamaican winger Johnson announced his departure also via Twitter, bringing an end to his seven-year association with the club.

He said: “Just wanna say a big thanks to the fans for the undying love and support that I’ve been shown for the past 7 years. Really wish I didn’t have to go, but this is the life of football.

“SWFC will always be a part of my life and will always love and cherish my time. Sorry to say, but it’s goodbye.”

Nottingham Forest striker and former Leeds loanee Dexter Blackstock has been handed a suspended three-month ban and fined by the Football Association after admitting to multiple breaches of betting rules.

Blackstock, 27, was fined £60,000 and will serve the ban if he breaks betting rules again before May 31, 2016.