Sheffield Wednesday: Owls snap up Westwood

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has joined Sheffield Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has joined Sheffield Wednesday.
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Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old, released by Sunderland at the end of his contract last week, has clocked almost 300 senior appearances during his career, playing in the top flight and on the international stage. He becomes the Owls’ first summer signing.

Westwood began his career at Manchester City, learning the ropes behind former England number one David James and ex-Owls star Nicky Weaver.

He went on to play for Carlisle United and Coventry City before joining Sunderland in the summer of 2011.

Westwood played 24 times for the Black Cats, featuring 11 times for the Premier League club last term.

However, he sustained a shoulder injury, which required an operation, in their 1-0 defeat at Hull City last November. He went under the knife in January but was unable to force his way back into first-team contention.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet decided to strengthen his goalkeeping department last month, landing Romanian international Costel Pantilimon on a free transfer from Premier League champions Manchester City. He is expected to vie with Vito Mannone for the number one spot when the new Premier League season begins in August and Poyet deemed Westwood surplus to requirements, allowing him to leave Wearside.

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