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Sheffield Wednesday: Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood agrees new two-year deal

Sheffield Wednesday: Owls goalkeeper Keiren Westwood agrees new two-year deal

With a great deal of speculation surrounding his future this summer, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has now put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at Hillsborough.

Linked with a move to fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town in May (via Football Insider), the Republic of Ireland international’s decision to resist the temptation to move on to pastures new will see him stay with the Owls until at least 2021.

Signed by Wednesday on a free transfer (via Transfermarkt) in 2014 from Sunderland, Westwood has since made 164 appearances for the club in all competitions, as per BBC Sport.

Although Westwood lost his position in goal to Cameron Dawson during the first-half of the 2018/19 Championship campaign, Steve Bruce’s arrival in January resulted in him reclaiming a spot in the starting eleven, featuring in 13 of the Owls’ final 16 games of the year (via Transfermarkt).

During this period, the 34-year-old excelled as he kept eight clean sheets for the Owls who picked up 20 points with him between the sticks.

Given just how impressive Westwood was throughout his resurgence, losing him would have been a bitter pill to swallow for Bruce as it may have forced him to dive into the transfer market for a new shot-stopper.

Yet now that the former Coventry City shot-stopper has agreed to new terms, the 58-year-old can plan for the upcoming campaign, one which he will be hoping will lead to success in the Championship should he remain at Hillsborough amid speculation linking him with the Newcastle United job.

And if he does just that, following Westwood’s contract extension and the signing of defender Julian Borner from German side Arminia Bielefeld (via BBC Sport), there is reason for supporters to be optimistic heading into the new season.

Owls fans, what are your thoughts on Westwood’s new deal? Join the discussion by commenting below.

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