Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood is Owls’ No 1, concedes Carvalhal

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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has confirmed that Keiren Westwood remains his first-choice goalkeeper despite the arrival of Lewis Price.

Wednesday, who head to Portugal tomorrow for a five-day warm weather training camp, brought in Price nearly a fortnight ago following the surprise departure of Chris Kirkland.

Wales international Price, released by Crystal Palace earlier this summer, penned a one-year contract and adds competition for places in between the sticks.

While Carvalhal is pleased to have recruited the former Ipswich Town trainee, the Portuguese says Westwood will start the season in between the sticks.

Westwood was Wednesday’s stand-out performer in their 13th-placed finish last term, producing a series of impressive displays.

Carvalhal told The Star: “Lewis [Price] is a good personality and a quality goalkeeper. We are trying to push Keiren [Westwood] to his maximum and we believe Lewis will do that.

“Keiren had a good season last year. In bringing Lewis in, we believe that if something happens with Keiren, we have a goalkeeper with good quality to come in.”

With Westwood nursing a shoulder problem, Price has deputised in their last two warm-up matches.

Speaking at Wednesday’s annual fun day Owls in the Park, Westwood said he hoped to resume first-team training yesterday after a frustrating couple of weeks.

Like Westwood, Price sees no reason why Wednesday can’t compete in the upper reaches of the second-tier.

“The aim of the squad is to push on from last year and we will see what we can achieve,” he said. “Hopefully we will be pushing for the play-offs,.”

Price, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday, has praised his new teammates, admitting they have helped him settle in to his new surroundings.

He added: “There is a great set of lads here and the support is fantastic.”

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