Keiren Westwood posts emotional reaction as Sheffield Wednesday exit is confirmed
Two-time Sheffield Wednesday player of the year Keiren Westwood has posted an emotional message to the club’s supporters after his exit from the club was confirmed after seven years.
The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, who arrived from Sunderland on a free transfer in 2014, fell one short of 200 appearances for the club he reached a Championship playoff final with in 2016.
He became a fan favourite at Hillsborough and though his time with the club has come to an end after he was named as one of 10 senior players to be released at the end of their contract, he extended a message of thanks to supporters for their support.
He had previously spoken about his desire to reach the 200-game mark with the club, a chase that was ultimately ended by injury, and left the field on the final game of the season in floods of tears.
“199 and out,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.
“What can I say... this club has been a huge part of my life and my families life for the last 7 years. I have met some incredible people here. Staff members, players and fans, to whom I will always be incredibly grateful and thankful for their help and support on and off the pitch.
“From my first day at owls in the park with 20,000 there to support the team. That day gave me an insight into what this club is.. a club for the fans and for the people who love their club. They only want the players to show the same heart and desire that they would, given the chance. I knew driving home that day that I had signed for the right club.
“My heart has always been on my sleeve and I was fully committed till the end. I am devastated we couldn't turn this season around. The team gave everything we could in difficult circumstances, but it wasn't to be.
“I have some fantastic memories to take away with me and onto the next chapter of my career. This club will always be a huge part of me and I am really proud to have been an
“I wish the club nothing but success going forward and hoping for a promotion next season.”