Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland snubs rival clubs to extend Owls stay

Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland
Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland
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Chris Kirkland has revealed he turned down interest from several other clubs to pen a new one-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who has started 83 times since moving to Hillsborough from Wigan Athletic in 2012, said he is pleased to have resolved his future.

Kirkland said: “I’m delighted to have got it sorted out. It’s been dragging on, through nobody’s fault, over the summer.

“It was always my intention to sign and I told the gaffer that at the end of the season.

“I had other offers. I could have signed for another team but I wanted to stay at Sheffield Wednesday.”

Kirkland admits he knew Owls boss Stuart Gray was going to recruit new shot-stopper Keiren Westwood before he signed his deal.

“The gaffer phoned me last week to tell me he was going to sign Keiren,” he said. “I could have said I don’t want to sign and go elsewhere.. But I’ve had a fantastic time since joining the club. I can’t speak highly enough of the fans, the gaffer, the training ground and everybody at the club.”

The former England international said he had no qualms with Wednesday’s contract offer, saying it “suits all parties”.

“We all know where we stand and it keeps me on my toes because I know I have got to perform to earn another deal,” he said.

Kirkland is looking forward to competing with Westwood for the spot in between the sticks.

He added: “It’s going to be a good battle.”