The result meant his boyhood dreams never materialised quite as he envisaged them but Cameron Dawson has spoken of his immense pride at making a first appearance for his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.
The 21-year-old came off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton, replacing the injured Keiren Westwood at half time to make his debut for the club he grew up supporting and where he has played since the age of 15.
Brought up just a goal-kick from Hillsborough, Dawson’s ambition has always been to pull on a Wednesday jersey at the famous old ground and the young stopper has admitted it ‘means everything’ for him and his Owls-supporting family to make that breakthrough into the first team having come up through the ranks at Middlewood.
“It was a tough scenario to come on at 1-0 down at half-time,” he said. “It was just about staying calm and trying to do the basics well.
“We got in at half-time and (Carlos Carvalhal) told us what he wanted from us and for me personally it was about going on, staying calm and doing the basics well.
“It means everything to me and my family. I grew up in the area. I’ve been here all my life. I’ve been at Sheffield Wednesday for many years now.
“Every day I’ve been coming in since I was 15 years old and playing in the first-team is what I’ve been working towards and I feel very fortunate to have played for this club.”
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“At the end of the day, this is the club I want to play for. So it is a confidence boost to finally get the opportunity to play at Hillsborough,” added Dawson.
Earlier this season Dawson sampled life in the Football League with a very brief loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers after the Chairboys suffered a goalkeeping injury crisis.
While, with respect to Wycombe, there’s a world of difference in playing at Adams Park as opposed to running on in front of almost 26,000 fans at Hillsborough in a crucial Championship clash, Dawson admits the couple of games experience did hold him in good stead.
“It was definitely helpful going into the game knowing that you have already played in the Football League,” said Dawson.
“Although it’s different, it’s not something completely new as I have been out this season and played at Wycombe.
“Every club is going to have competition, especially when you are at a big club like Wednesday. So it is just about working hard on a daily basis, putting in the effort in the week and see what comes in the future.”