Why long-serving Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer is a man on a mission

Liam Palmer hopes to "hit the ground running" in the 2019/20 season after agreeing a new three-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

Friday, 12th July 2019, 12:07 pm
Updated Friday, 12th July 2019, 9:36 pm

The versatile defender, who graduated through the Owls youth set-up to make his first team debut in August 2010, has made 224 appearances in Wednesday colours, said he is "delighted" to have signed a new deal.

Palmer has flourished this calendar year, establishing himself as a key member of the Owls' defence. His superb displays at both right and left-back earned Palmer a maiden cap at senior international level for Scotland.

He told The Star: "Playing regularly did me a world of good and I started to enjoy my football again and I think that was evident for all to see.

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Owls defender Liam Palmer

"Hopefully I can pick up from where I left off in the second half of the season and hit the ground running in the first few fixtures."

Palmer joined the Owls academy at the age of seven. His maiden Wednesday outing came in a 1-0 League Cup win over Bury at Hillsborough.

The Worksop-born player was part of the 2012 League One promotion-winning team and also played his part in the Wednesday side that reached back-to-back Championship play-offs under Carlos Carvalhal.

On committing his future to the club, Palmer said: "I am delighted.

"I wanted to get the deal done as soon as the season finished, which we pretty much did to be fair.

"I came in a couple of weeks after the off season and got it tied up.

"It was a pretty easy one to do."

There are just three weeks to go until the big kick-off and Palmer is confident the Owls possess the quality and experience to push for promotion.

Palmer said: "I hope that we can go on and get into the big league. There are 10 to 12 teams in the division looking to do it.

"We know it is not easy but we have been in and around the play-offs before. We know what it takes and we will draw on that because a lot of the lads are still here from them campaigns as well."