Sheffield Wednesday: Former Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee joins Owls set-up

New coach Tommy Lee can't wait to use his long career between the sticks to help develop the next generation of goalkeepers at Sheffield Wednesday.

Lee was a respected shot-stopper for Chesterfield before injury forced his retirement as a player 12 month ago.

Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee

The 32-year-old's new challenge is to step into the boots of Nicky Weaver - promoted to first-team duties earlier this summer - as the Owls Academy's keeper coach.

"I took a little bit of time out and realised that coaching is what I want to do," he said.

“I’ve got a lot of experience and knowledge and it would be a waste if I didn’t pass that on.

“I’ve been in for only a short while but everyone here has been very friendly, very welcoming and very professional. Hopefully I can use my experiences to add to an excellent youth set-up at the club."

Lee amassed more than 400 appearances during a 13-year playing career which began as a youngster at Manchester United.

He joined Chesterfield before the 2008/09 season and went on to become a fans’ favourite during 328 league games.

“Every playing career eventually ends," he added. "Mine ended prematurely, but I feel fortunate to have played so many games and had so many good experiences.

“Now I’m ready to get my teeth stuck into the coaching side."

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