Sheffield Wednesday: Lee aims to score more goals

Owls star Kieran Lee.
Owls star Kieran Lee.
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He opened his Sheffield Wednesday account on the final day of last season.

And now Kieran Lee has told The Star his objective is to get on the score sheet more frequently during the 2014/15 campaign.

The 26-year-old marked his 55th appearance for the Owls by claiming his maiden goal in their Championship tussle at Ipswich Town last May.

That strike has whetted Lee’s appetite and he is gunning for more goals when the new season gets underway next month.

He said: “My target is to score more goals. It obviously depends on whether I’m playing in central midfield or at right-back but hopefully I will score a few more this year.

“Goals are something I want to add to my game. That was what I was missing from my game last year so hopefully I can chip in with a few and help the team out.”

The Stalybridge-born player is refusing to set a goal target.

“I don’t want to put myself under pressure,” he said. “I think I had a quite few chances last season.

“Maybe I just lacked a bit of composure with my finishing or confidence in front of goal. Maybe I didn’t get that little bit of luck you need sometimes.

“Now that I’ve got my first goal, hopefully I will build on that this season.”

Lee flourished in central midfield alongside Jose Semedo, producing a series of outstanding performances after being switched there from right back by boss Stuart Gray.

“I enjoy the role,” said Lee. “It had been a while since I had played in midfield.

“I forgot what I was doing at the start but, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. It’s where I prefer to play so hopefully that will be my position.

“The main thing with central midfield is you are always involved and on the ball. You always have to stay switched on.”

It remains unclear where Lee will be deployed next season but the former Oldham Athletic man is happy to do a job wherever he is required.

“I don’t mind where I play,” he said. “After last season, I preferably want to try and play in midfield.

“But we all know what football is like. There could be an injury in another position so we will see what happens. I’m quite happy to play anywhere as long as I’m in the team.”

Lee’s versatility was evident at York City. He filled in at right-back and at centre-back in the second half.

He said: “It’s always hard to get going in the first game but I enjoyed it. Pre-season has been tough. We’ve done double training sessions most days, with a lot of running in the mornings and the balls have come out in the afternoons. There’s been a lot of fitness work as you would expect.”