Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed that Julian Borner has left Hillsborough.
In a short statement posted on the Sheffield Wednesday website, the club confirmed that the 30-year-old has sealed a transfer to 2.Bundesliga side Hannover 96 for an undisclosed fee.
The club went on to mention the centre-back’s contributions during his two-year spell in Sheffield, which include scoring four goals over 70 appearances for the Owls, before wishing the defender the best of luck in the future.
While Borner was indeed central to a Sheffield Wednesday defence that ultimately finished bottom of the Championship last season, the centre-back nevertheless turned in a number of admirable performances for Darren Moore’s side, with his departure very much bringing with it the potential for a number of the Hillsborough faithful to be gutted.
Indeed, over his 26 Championship appearances last term, the £1.08m-rated man helped his side keep five clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, four clearances and winning six duels per game.
The defender also chipped in for his side in an attacking capacity, scoring three goals and making an average of 0.3 key passes per match.
As such, while his salary is a pretty hefty cost to stump up for a League One side, retaining the services of Borner this summer would have undoubtedly provided the Owls with a huge boost to their chances of going on to secure an immediate return to the Championship next season, as the former Germany U18 international is clearly a defender who is too good for the third tier of the English game.
However, with his departure now confirmed by the club, Moore will have to make do without the 30-year-old next term, and may well have to dip into the transfer market himself in order to replace the departed centre-back.