Sheffield Wednesday: Keeper targets new start

One of Nicky Weaver's Hillsborough highlights as he saves a penalty from Sam Baldock in the 1-0 FA Cup win against West Ham in January, 2012.
One of Nicky Weaver's Hillsborough highlights as he saves a penalty from Sam Baldock in the 1-0 FA Cup win against West Ham in January, 2012.
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Nicky Weaver is focusing on making a fresh start after being released by the Owls and believes that he has years of goalkeeping left in him.

The 34-year-old is fully fit and looking for a new club - declaring that he is ready to start pre-season wherever he ends up.

He made a full recovery from a mid-season hand injury that required minor surgery.

The Sheffielder and Wednesdayite told The Star: “I have fulfilled a boyhood dream by playing for Wednesday; now I want a new challenge.

“I’ve got to get back to playing again. I want to get up on a Saturday morning looking forward to being involved in a game instead of putting on a suit and watching it from the stand.

“I’m looking forward to the next challenge. I haven’t really got any plans about where it’s going to be. I just need that phone call and something I fancy. I’m 100 per cent fit now; I want to carry on playing and I feel really good.

“Being 34 as a goalkeeper equates to being 29-30 as an outfield player. I want to play for as long as possible.”

Weaver has been a stalwart in his three years at Hillsborough but injury initially cost him his place early in the 2011-12 season and led to the signing of Stephen Bywater, who played in the promotion-winning side and was then followed into the club by Chris Kirkland.

Added Weaver: “I didn’t play this season but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club.”