For the second time in his career, Sam Hutchinson will not be on a permanent playing contract at Chelsea Football Club. Circumstances this time around however are much more agreeable than the first time, as instead of being forced into early retirement due to injury, he is signing a permanent playing contract somewhere else.
"Sheffield Wednesday have signed former loanee Sam Hutchinson on a permanent deal. The ex-Chelsea defender - equally capable in a central midfield berth - has penned a two-year contract with the Owls."
"...Sam returns to S6 having reportedly been courted by other clubs - from the Premier League and Championship - vying for his signature."
As the official announcement mentions, Hutchinson spent the second half of last season on loan at Wednesday, racking up double digit appearances for the first time since doing so in the Chelsea reserves in 2011-12. His 13 appearances last season at Wednesday and Vitesse combined were the most since making 25 across various Chelsea youth teams in 2005-06. With various clubs vying for his signature, it has taken over a month to negotiate a deal. It's good to be in demand.
His remarkable turnaround from career-ending injury to a two-year deal in the second tier of the English professional game is something to cherish and celebrate. And at just 24, his career may just be getting started. Again.
Good luck, Sam!