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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has revealed that he would like to keep hold of striker Steven Fletcher past the summer with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old is in fine form as of late, bagging ten goals from 19 appearances for the Owls, making him their top scorer for the season so far.
Understandably, his manager wants to keep hold of his services with Fletcher entering the final six months of his contract at Hillsborough.
Speaking to The Star this week, Monk explained his desire to retain the striker past this current campaign, he said:
“Of course. That goes without saying. He has been fantastic. I know he had a good start to the season but since I have come in I have enjoyed working with him. He is doing exactly what is needed and scoring goals is the bonus that everyone wants on top for himself, the fans and everyone else.”
Fletcher has been integral to Wednesday’s fortunes this season so it makes complete sense to want to keep in south Yorkshire.
The 6 foot 1 forward has netted five goals in four matches which has helped push the Owls back into playoff contention with them now sitting in sixth place.
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Wednesday’s number nine is showing no signs of decline as he gets older, come the end of the season he will be 33 years of age, but that shouldn’t put Monk off as Fletcher is on for one of his best-ever campaigns in English football.
In his last two seasons at Hillsborough, the veteran has hit ten and 11 goals respectively, he will surely surpass that by May.
If Monk can find the £1.8m-rated ace a viable strike partner in January, one with different qualities, then this move will ultimately prove to be a wise one.