Sheffield Wednesday: Andy Rhodes tips Owls new boy to shine

Andy Rhodes, right, speaks to Owls writer Dom Howson from the club's Portugal base.
Andy Rhodes, right, speaks to Owls writer Dom Howson from the club's Portugal base.
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Goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes has backed new Wednesday signing Jake Kean to be a big success at Hillsborough.

Kean completed his move to the Championship club on Monday, having had his contract terminated by mutual consent by Norwich City.

Cameron Dawson, Jake Kean and Keiren Westwood take a breather from training.

Cameron Dawson, Jake Kean and Keiren Westwood take a breather from training.

Kean admits Rhodes was a big factor in his decision to pen a two-year contract.

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Speaking exclusively to The Star from the club's training base in Portugal, Rhodes told The Star: "We looked around at what was available.

"The budget came into the equation. I spoke to the Carlos -Carvalhal] and the chairman and asked him what we have. Jake fitted the bill and has got a lot of experience under his belt."

Kean, who started his career at Derby County, never played for the Canaries, making a total of eight appearances in loan spells with Colchester United and Swindon Town last campaign.

"I have known Jake for a lot of years," said Rhodes. "I watched him play a few times at Blackburn when he played alongside my son Jordan.

"He has got a lot of experience for a 25-year-old. He's played over 160 league games and in the Premier League."

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Kean made his first Owls appearance in their friendly win over Portuguese giants Benfica last week. He replaces Lewis Price, who opted to join Rotherham United a week ago, and will compete with Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson for a starting spot.

Rhodes said: "Jake fits in a little bit better than Lewis in the respect of age. With Keiren [Westwood], Joe [Wildsmith] and Cammy [Dawson] being the age that they are, we wanted someone who was in between who we could develop and Jake ticked all the boxes."

Wildsmith is currently receiving treatment back in England after hurting his finger in the warm-up before the Benfica tussle.

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