Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer to keep sights high

Liam Palmer signed a three-year deal
Liam Palmer signed a three-year deal
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Wednesday Player of the Year Liam Palmer has no intention of resting on his laurels.

He has reason to feel secure about the future after earning a new three-year contract and winning several awards.

But the 22-year-old will be hungry to make progress next season.

“It took five minutes doing a deal; I was keen to stay, love the club and love the fans; it was a no-brainer for me,” he says. “Long term, the contract gives me a bit of security and time to progess physically and mentally but also I can’t slacken off now; you still set yourself targets and things to improve on, and keep going.

“You’ve seen it a number of times where people sign contracts and they sort of think it’s been a really good season and it’s going to be difficult to eclipse it. But that’s going to be the focus for next season.

“I’ve played a lot of games this season and had a lot of experiences, whether it’s been defending or playing against a certain type of winger, and you learn from those experiences.”

While the Owls look to bring in new players, they are also trying to produce their own, and Palmer is a classic example of a local boy made good.

Growing up in Worksop, where he still lives, he was a Wednesday fan who went to watch his team.

Appropriately, he was playing for Young Owls when he was spotted.

“I had a season with them. There was me and five and others boys who came for trials at the academy.

“Playing at Hillsborough Park sometimes, we had an outstanding season for under sevens, ecliped everyone, ran away with the league and scored 100 goals.”

Goalscoring is of course an aspect of his game that he hopes to improve but he has served the club well whether he has played at right back or in midfield.