Sheffield Wednesday: New boy seeks to put pressure on Westwood

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It is just as well Lewis Price loves a challenge - because there can’t be many bigger in the Championship than trying to oust Keiren Westwood as the Owls’ number one goalkeeper.

Republic of Ireland international Westwood was a revelation last season, picking up Wednesday’s Player of the Year award. His superb performances culminated in him being named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Championship Team of the Year.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal has recently indicated that, injury permitting, Westwood will get the nod in between the sticks against Bristol City on the opening-day of the campaign.

But Price, signed on a free transfer following his release by Crystal Palace, has made it clear that he will not settle for a position on the bench and plans to do everything within his power to dislodge Westwood.

The Welsh international told The Star: “I know I have got a job on my hands to play and I knew that before coming here.

“Keiren [Westwood] was brilliant last season. Watching from the outside, I saw how well he did. He’s a very good goalkeeper and hopefully I can help him keep more clean sheets

“I’m here to push him as much as I can. If I get a chance, it’s down to me to try and take it. I know it’s a challenge but I’m up for it.”

Price, who celebrated his 31st birthday at Wednesday’s annual community fun day Owls in the Park last weekend, started his career at Ipswich Town, making 75 appearances for the Suffolk club before leaving in 2010 to join Palace.

Since penning a one-year contract at Hillsborough, Price has played in two of the Owls’ three warm-up matches. He is enjoying his new surroundings and looking forward to the new season.

“I am loving it here; the lads have made me feel very welcome,” he admitted. “I had a couple of other offers but as soon as this came up, there was only one thing in my mind.“

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