Sheffield Wednesday: Keeper ready for scrap to be number one

Joe Wildsmith is ready for a scrap to be Owls' number one next season.
Joe Wildsmith.Joe Wildsmith.
Joe Wildsmith.

The academy product made 29 appearances last term - the most out of all three stoppers on the club’s books - and is hungry to add more in 2018/19.

But Wildsmith, 22, knows he has a fight on his hands to retain his place, with competition fierce between himself, Keiren Westwood and Cameron Dawson.

Owls Kieren Westwood and Cameron Dawson.Owls Kieren Westwood and Cameron Dawson.
Owls Kieren Westwood and Cameron Dawson.
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“My aim is to play as many games as I can this year,” said Wildsmith.

“I want to get off to a good start and see what happens.

“It was nice to have played as many consecutive games as I did.

“It’s the most games that I have played consecutively in my career so far.

“It was good for me to get that experience at a good level and get the game time, so it’s made me want more of it.”

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Whilst admitting to enjoying the time off after a long season, Wildsmith is nevertheless keen to get started for what is likely to be a demanding pre-season under Jos Luhukay.

He added: “As soon as the last game has gone its time to get away to switch off from football, because it is a long season.

“It’s nice to have a couple of weeks to relax, but around this time it’s about starting to get yourself right for the start of pre-season.”