Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk offers update on future of Cameron Dawson and hints at long-term goalkeeper plans
Sheffield Wednesday stopper Cameron Dawson is a ‘big part’ of Garry Monk’s plans going forward and will be offered a new contract at the club, the Owls boss confirmed.
Dawson took over from Keiren Westwood as the club’s number one in the 3-1 trip to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
And Republic of Ireland international Westwood, who was awarded a new two-year contract in the summer, has fallen out of favour after a handful of mistakes in recent weeks.
While confirming the senior man still has a role to play for the club going forward, Monk was full of praise for 24-year-old Dawson, who’s current deal runs out in the summer.
He said: “I’ve spoken with the club and obviously he’s a player, with the age he is and where he’s at with the club, he’s been fantastic.
“Keiren’s been the mainstay for this club and still has a hugely important role to play, but you have to think about the future as well, the long-term future.
“We’ve got Joey [Wildsmith] coming back no to fitness, so two really good young keepers, they’re the future of the club, you want to keep them here.
“I’ve made it clear to them that they’re going to be a big part of what I’m doing here.”
Monk confirmed Dawson’s future ‘will be sorted out’ further down the line and that he has no concerns over him leaving the club despite reported interest from the likes of Derby County and Scottish giants Rangers.
“Cameron has been fantastic,” he said. “He needs to concentrate on his football and that side of it [contracts] will surely be taken care of.
“As I say, when I get to sit all together, with the chairman and everybody involved in that process, we’ll sit and go through all those things.
“I’ve spoken to him about these things and his future will be sorted out.”
Dawson, a lifelong Wednesday fan, has previously spoken about his relaxed attitude to when any contract offer may arrive, describing Sheffield Wednesday as ‘his club’.