Versatile Lee backs new Wednesday keeper to shine

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Kieran Lee has tipped new Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood to be a big hit at Hillsborough.

Republic of Ireland international Westwood, released by Sunderland at the end of last season, made his first Owls appearance in Friday’s friendly 3-1 victory against League Two Bury.

The 29-year-old, capped 16 times by his country, penned a two-year contract with Stuart Gray’s side earlier this month.

With Chris Kirkland having not travelled to Slovenia after sustaining concussion in training last week, Westwood is set to be handed another run-out in tomorrow’s warm-up match versus FC Arsenal Tula.

Lee, who can operate on the right hand side or in central midfield, told The Star: “Keiren is a great signing for the club. He is top goalkeeper and I’m sure he’s going to do really well.

“He is a lively character on the training ground. There is plenty of banter flying around between him and Chris [Kirkland] over who is going to be number one. I think they are both enjoying the challenge. We’ve got good competition in the goalkeeping department and that can only help us out.”

Lee is thrilled Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Jose Semedo decided to sign new one-year deals before the Owls’ five-day pre-season training camp in Slovenia.

“It is great we have tied them down because they were key men for us last year,” he said. “It’s important to keep your best players and hopefully we can build the team around them.”