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Promotion worth £170m to Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton in the semi-final. Credit: PA

Sheffield Wednesday can expect an instant cash boost of at least £170million if they clinch promotion to the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

That is the value of victory to the Owls in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship play-off final - the match regularly billed as the most lucrative one-off game in football - according to financial experts at Deloitte.

Wembley opponents Hull can also expect a huge revenue uplift if they triumph, although the value to them is less, at £110million, as they will have to forgo parachute payments pending following relegation last year.

The record £170million minimum promotion prize is an increase of £40million on the figure estimated for last year owing to the rise in Premier League TV rights. The figure breaks down as £95million for next season - mostly from central distributions but also increased commercial activity and gate receipts - and £75million in guaranteed parachute payments if relegated. If the club avoid the drop next year, the overall figure rises to £290million.

Sheffield Wednesday legend's son pen pro deal

David Hirst scored a plethora of goals for Wednesday. Credit: PA

The son of former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst has signed a professional deal with the Championship club.

George, 17, has penned a contract that runs until the summer of 2018.

Like his father, Hirst is also a striker, impressing for both the club's under-18 and under-21s.

Wednesday are my boyhood club and it is a dream to sign on professional terms. I am absolutely delighted to sign and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

I came here five or six years ago and from then, I’ve never really looked back and here I am today signing my first contract.

Obviously the hard work really begins now. I’ve worked hard to get this opportunity and now it’s all about kicking on, becoming a better player and who knows maybe the first team in the near future hopefully.

– George Hirst


Sheffield Wednesday snap up Everton's McGeady

Aiden McGeady, an Irish international, is to help the Owls in their bid for promotion to the top flight. Credit: PA

Sheffield Wednesday have signed winger Aiden McGeady from Everton on loan until the end of the season.

Republic of Ireland international McGeady, 29, has made just one appearance for Everton this term and is keen for regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2016.

Everton had agreed terms for a similar deal with another unnamed Championship club, understood to be Blackburn, while Leeds had also been linked with the player.

Shrewsbury shock Sheffield Wednesday

Shrewsbury won it in the last minute. Credit: Reuters

Shrewsbury stunned Sheffield Wednesday with defender Jack Grimmer's stoppage time header clinching a 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Lewis McGugan had twice put the Championship side ahead but Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Shaun Whalley, following up Akpa Akpro's saved penalty, levelled before Grimmer sent the League One side through to the last 16.

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