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Carlton Palmer issues ‘problem’ warning to Sheffield Wednesday over contract decision

Sheffield Wednesday have been warned against offering one of their most “integral” players a long-term deal.

Sheffield Wednesday are in the midst of contract talks after securing their Championship status for an extra season.

There was concern over the futures of a number of their key players as they approached the final day of the campaign, with negotiations yet to begin.

However, their survival may have dictated how contract talks will now proceed, with reports already claiming they have opened talks with Josh Windass over a new contract.

The 30-year-old has managed just 25 appearances this season due to injury, but his timely return to fitness has seen him score in each of the last three games.

Many fans have called for his release since he spent two months on the sidelines earlier this year, but his impact on the club’s survival seems to have earned him a new deal.

Despite this, Carlton Palmer has explained why his former club should only offer Windass a short-term deal.

Sheffield Wednesday will have a ‘problem’ if they offer Josh Windass a long-term deal

Speaking to Football League World, the former midfielder said: “Josh has been an integral part of Sheffield Wednesday over the last few seasons. Of course, he scored the winning goal at Wembley to promote them back to the Championship. He is hugely popular with the supporters and enjoys his time with Danny Rohl as I’m sure the rest of the players do.

“Greens such as Stoke, West Brom, Derby County and Hull are monitoring the situation with Josh, as well as being coveted by MLS clubs. I know Josh has an American girlfriend and going to America is something he would be interested in.

Sheffield Wednesday's Josh Windass celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Sheffiel...
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“He’s enjoying his football under Danny Rohl, but Sheffield Wednesday have to weigh up the option that Josh is 30 now, which is not the age, but there will be concern that he only played 25 Championship games last season – 28 in all the competitions. If you give him a new long-term contract, that would be a problem.”

Josh Windass should move to MLS next summer

Josh Windass will turn 31 next season and, with footballers playing well past that age, there have already been signs that the midfielder is slowing down.

Windass’ injury record is a real problem and makes his £15,000-a-week wages seem even more expensive.

The 30-year-old is clearly still a major asset under Danny Rohl and can make a real impact in what looks like a transitional phase for the club.

However, if they start to push for the play-offs then it’s hard to see where Windass will fit in, especially if he struggles to stay fit.

Wednesday’s hero deserves a new one-year deal but is surely nearing the end of his time at Hillsborough.

MLS interest could still be there next summer, and this may be the perfect move for him until then.