Sheffield Wednesday: Why Cameron Dawson believes there will be an Owls goalkeeper reshuffle at the end of the season
Cameron Dawson expects there to be some movement in Wednesday's goalkeeping department over the summer.
When everyone is fit and available for selection, the Owls’ goalkeeping stable consists of Dawson, Joe Wildsmith and Keiren Westwood.
Republic of Ireland international Westwood, who has been the first-choice shot-stopper over the last four years, has not played since December through injury and has yet to play under boss Jos Luhukay. Academy youngsters Wildsmith and Dawson have stepped up and acquitted themselves well in an inconsistent side.
Dawson, who will start in between the sticks for the third match running when Wednesday host Norwich City on Sunday, said: “It’s a lot of goalkeepers and a lot who want to play.
“Westy’s career speaks for itself, Joe is obviously a younger lad like me who has a lot of talent, and then myself.
“So, we are going to have to see what happens. I would imagine there is going to have to be some sort of give somewhere. I don’t think all three of us can be sat here for the first game of the season ready to go.
“Whether it’s loans or something, there’s going to have to be some (movement).”
On his own future, Dawson, who turns 23 in July, said: “I have not really thought about that too much recently. It’s just been a case of getting through these games and do as well as possible.
“All I know is I am hitting an age where I need to play football regularly.
“I feel that I can do that at this level, but ultimately, that is the manager’s decision.”
Dawson, a lifelong Owls fan, produced an assured display in the club’s goalless draw at Premier League-bound Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has kept four clean sheets in his six Wednesday outings this term, with four of those appearances coming in the FA Cup.
“It’s obviously different playing in the Championship to the Cup games,” said Dawson, who has previously enjoyed loan spells at Plymouth Argyle, Alfreton Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Chesterfield.
“It’s good to gain experience and play as many games as possible.
“In the Cup games I thought I had done pretty well and deserved that chance in the league at some point.
“It came a couple of games, and for me it was about taking that chance and being in the manager’s thoughts.
“I didn’t have too much to do against Reading. I was watching the game, like everyone else, for the 90 minutes.
“Wolves was a great game to play in, I really enjoyed it. To play in that party atmosphere, in front of 30,000 fans, was great experience.”
It was in mid-February Luhukay labelled Dawson and Wildsmith as two of the best young goalkeepers he has worked with in his career.
Dawson said: “It’s always nice to hear when a manager is pleased with you - confidence is key in football - so that was really positive.
“It’s been good to play a couple of games, one more to go, and hopefully we can finish strongly.”