Sheffield Wednesday: Keeping Keiren is another major Owls statement

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“Things are looking positive so long may that continue.”

At the end of last season, Keiren Westwood offered these words on his future at Sheffield Wednesday.

Universally, Wednesdayites hoped ‘long’ really meant long when it came to a man overwhelmingly voted player of the year.

But there was plenty of fear it would not, with links to Premier League clubs refusing to go away and a contract keeping at the club only until the end of the current campaign.

Republic of Ireland international Westwood yesterday committed his future to Wednesday until the summer of 2018

At the start of the summer, plenty of supporters suggested that holding onto Westwood and Tom Lees would be the best piece of business the club could do.

Few would have expect such a whirlwind of transfer activity to form at Hillsborough with a dramatically transformed squad emerging from the summer window.

Yet extending the deals of Westwood and Lees for the next three and four years respectively remains right at the top of the work that has been done.

He may be one of the Owls’ most high-profile players, but Westwood is a man of few words, shunning the media spotlight.

So when he does speak, the 30-year-old can generally be relied upon to show great honesty.

“I had been through a lot going into last summer,” Westwood told the Star earlier this year.

“I was a real crossroads about what I was going to do.

“I had six months out with a shoulder injury and an operation. I was at a crossroads so I needed to make a positive decision.

“It has turned out to be possibly the best decision I have ever made.

“I had a good vibe about Wednesday.

“Some things just fit and thankfully it has.”

Sheffield Wednesday has clearly made an impression on Westwood, both before and during Dejphon Chansiri’s ownership of the club.

And he has seen enough from the Owls chairman so far to want to remain with the club beyond the current season.

Long may that continue.