Weaver will have to be on his toes out

Sheffield Wednesday.......Kevin Pressman
Sheffield Wednesday.......Kevin Pressman
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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping legend Kevin Pressman says he expects Richard O’Donnell and Arron Jameson to push Nicky Weaver for first team starts this season.

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping legend Kevin Pressman says he expects Richard O’Donnell and Arron Jameson to push Nicky Weaver for first team starts this season.

Pressman has vast experience from his time at Hillsborough of being both first and second choice for the number one jersey.

And he thinks the potential shown by 22-year-old O’Donnell and Jameson, aged 21, will keep Weaver sharp.

He said: “I have been watching them closely and they look good prospects.

“When Nicky Weaver was injured towards the back end of last season O’Donnell came in and he did well.

“For Nicky Weaver I remember when I got into my 30s; you’re in your prime at that age. He’ll enjoy it because the young lads will spur him on and push him. He won’t be complacent. He’ll enjoy it because it’s competition.

“Richard (O’Donnell) has come in and proved that he is someone who can step up and potentially be the next keeper for a number of years. He has to bide his time and keep doing what he’s doing. When the chance does come he has to take it.”

O’Donnell made nine appearances for Wednesday last season, including one during the closing moments of the final match against Exeter City when 32-year-old Weaver was injured trying to equalise in front of the Kop.

Pressman, who made 478 appearances for the Owls over a 17-year spell with the club, says both young keepers must be ready when the opportunity arises to challenge Weaver.

He said: “There’s the old adage of having the goalkeepers union. We all understand our jobs as does the goalkeeping coach that we work with every day. It is one position where you prepare the same as if you were playing until 2pm when the manager names the team.

“I was at Wednesday with Chris Woods and it was only when the manager names the team that you have to accept that you’re not playing. You can’t cut corners or have off-days because it can come back to haunt you.

“I walked through the door one day at Hillsborough and the manager told me Chris was ill. But because I’d done my preparation, I’ve worked hard and done the job I’m supposed to do - I didn’t let myself down.”

Pressman, sacked as assistant manager at Scunthorpe along with manager Ian Baraclough in March, says goalkeepers are under a lot of pressure.

“These days you’ll only get one chance.

“If you take it you have a future in the game; if you don’t then it damages your reputation and the manager becomes wary,” he added.