Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

To be Brunt, Owls boss Laws isn't happy

Chris Brunt's decision to quit Sheffield Wednesday for Championship rivals West Brom has left his former boss reeling.

Owls chief Brian Laws is fuming after losing the services of the Northern Ireland international, who is expected to be in Nigel Worthington's team to play Liechtenstein on Wednesday night.

Brunt signed a four-year deal with his new employers yesterday after passing a medical at The Hawthorns.

Wednesday were reluctantly forced to accept a £3million bid after Brunt expressed a desire to seek a new challenge.

Laws said: "As a manager you have to be tough and I'll pick myself up and get on with it.

"Chris has played his last game for us and I'm very disappointed to lose a player of his ability.

"He's one of the best left-sided players outside the Premier League and he's gone to one of our rivals.

"But money talks. We're not in the strongest financial position and debts have to be paid."

Brunt (22) is currently serving a three-match ban after being sent off in a friendly against Groningen and will not be eligible for his West Brom debut until the Championship clash at Barnsley on September 1.

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