Football: So just who are Sheffield Wednesday? Kevin Pressman introduces his team-mates

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Peter Atherton

Age 26, pounds 800,000 from Coventry two years ago

Our captain, prefers centre-back but currently filling in at right-back. Honest, hard-working, reliable and consistent.

Ian Nolan

Age 26, pounds 1.5m from Tranmere two years ago

Probably the fittest player in the club, gets up and down from left-back. Two-footed, which not many players are. Another honest and hard-working player.

Des Walker

Age 30, pounds 2.7m from Sampdoria three years ago, England international

Right centre-back. Extremely gifted and very reliable. Looks after himself during the week but on a match day nobody is more committed. Lots of pace.

Dejan Stefanovic

Age 21, pounds 2m from Red Star Belgrade last season. Yugoslav international

Left centre-back. He is such a different player this season we almost checked his passport. The change is unbelievable, he's come on a ton.

Wayne Collins

Age 27, pounds 600,000 from Crewe this summer

Our centre pin, he sits and holds and makes the midfield tick. He has good feet, he gets the ball off the back four and passes it.

Guy Whittingham

Age 31, pounds 700,000 from Aston Villa two seasons ago

Has had a new lease of life. Came as a centre-forward, now in right midfield. For me he has probably been our best player in the last two years. Someone you can count on.

Mark Pembridge

Age 25, pounds 900,000 from Derby a year ago, Welsh international

Fantastic left foot with great free-kicks. Works hard with a good motor, dos a lot of unnoticed work in midfield. Good tackler.

Scott Oakes

Age 24, pounds 425,000 from Luton this summer

Crosses a superb ball, good feet. Hoping to get his dad for the Christmas party - he's a member of Showaddywaddy.

Regi Blinker

Age 27, pounds 275,000 from Feyenoord last season, Dutch international

Our flair player, a legend already. Good sense of humour, great player now he has got used to the competitive nature and the pace of the Premiership.

Richie Humphreys

Age 18, from trainee

What can you say? He's already scored two goals of the season. Very laid- back. The Villa goal and a fantastic pre-season gave him the confidence he needed.

Andy Booth

Age 22, pounds 2.7m from Huddersfield this summer

He's done well and already surprised a few. Works hard, honest, prepared to go in where it hurts. Scored twice so far.

David Hirst

Age 28, pounds 200,000 from Barnsley 10 years ago, England international

Been here almost as long as me. Fans' favourite, great potential, needs to play 20-30 injury-free games. Can score from anywhere.

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