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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Owls enter Whelan contract talks
Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground is flooded
Hillsborough was left flooded after the River Don burst its banks
Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws is hoping to tie midfielder Glenn Whelan to a new contract.

The 23-year-old was transfer-listed last summer, but was eventually chosen as the Owls' player of the season.

"We've had talks with his agent and are currently negotiating a new deal for him," Laws told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"These things take time, but one thing is for sure - we want to keep him. He's been excellent during my time at the football club."

Whelan joined Wednesday from Manchester City in the summer of 2004, and has scored 10 goals in 117 league appearances for the Owls.

  • Wednesday have been forced to close their Hillsborough ground after heavy flooding left the pitch submerged.

    The nearby River Don has burst its banks, leaving the immediate area without electricity and working telephone lines.

    A club spokesman said: "We're waiting for the assistance of the fire service to get the water pumped away, then we can assess the damage to the playing surface and the undersoil heating.

    "We're maybe looking at the cancellation of the pre-season game against Birmingham on 4 August, but we're still five weeks away from the first home game of the new season on 11 August.

    "The water rose as high as Row F in the main stand, probably up to 6ft and there is probably about 3ft of water still on the pitch which does not seem to be draining very quickly at all."

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