Sheffield Wednesday: Joe Wildsmith reveals his personal target for the 2018/19 season

Joe Wildsmith played 29 times last year.
Joe Wildsmith played 29 times last year.
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Joe Wildsmith is a man on a mission.

The 22-year-old featured prominently last term, clocking up 29 appearances - the most out of all three goalkeepers on Sheffield Wednesday's books.

It was Wildsmith's first real taste of regular first-team football and it whetted his appetite.

But he is determined to get more minutes under his belt in the forthcoming season.

"More games (than last year) would be great but that's down to the gaffer at the end of the day," Wildsmith told The Star. "I always want to improve on my game.

"I just want to keep myself right, prove myself to the manager and play as many games, if not more, than last year."

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Retaining the number one spot will be far from a straight forward task for Wildsmith. The goalkeeping department is arguably the strongest area of Jos Luhukay's squad.

Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood is fully-fit again, having shrugged off the injury problems which blighted his 2017/18 campaign.

Cameron Dawson has also acquitted himself in the limited game time he received over the last 24 months. Luhukay rates Wildsmith and Dawson as two of the best young goalkeepers he has worked with in his career.

Wildsmith conceded: "There is good competition in the goalie camp this year.

"Hopefully I get the nod but the decision is up to the gaffer. He sees us in training every day.

"All I can do is put the work in every day in training and try and impress. That's all my aim is in pre-season this year."

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While it was a "good season" for Wildsmith on a personal note, the team underachieved. Many pundits and bookmakers had tipped Wednesday to be in the promotion mix but they endured a tough year, finishing 15th in the rankings.

But Wildsmith, a lifelong Owls fans, says he and his team mates are hungry to put things right this time around.

He said: "The team objective is promotion because that's what a club of this size is always striving for.

"I think we have got a really good chance to go for it (promotion) this year.

"We have got players back who we didn't have last year so that is always going to strengthen the squad.

"There is a good feel around the club at the moment. There is a good connection between the boys. Everyone is getting on and the atmosphere is positive, which I think can only help us be successful.

"Hopefully we will get off to a good start and kick on from there."

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