Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood claims Owls Player of the Year award

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Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been voted the Sheffield Wednesday player of the year.

The Republic of Ireland international clinched the award ahead of combative midfielder Sam Hutchinson by the finest of margins.

Wednesdayites were asked by the club to cast their vote earlier this week and Westwood narrowly pipped Hutchinson to the prize, receiving 30.95 per cent of the votes compared to Hutchinson's 30.63. Wide man Ross Wallace finished third on 15 per cent.

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Westwood, signed on a free transfer by Stuart Gray in July 2014, has played an instrumental role in the Owls securing a Championship play-off spot for the second year running.

The 32-year-old has started 43 matches this season - more than any other Wednesday player - and helped the club record 16 clean sheets. Only Premier League-bound Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United have racked up more shut-outs.

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Westwood has been a key figure in Wednesday's renaissance, chalking up 17 clean sheets in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns as the Owls equalled a long-standing club record which was set by Jack Charlton's side in 1978/79.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson, who could be involved at home to Fulham tomorrow after recovering from a calf injury, claimed the Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year prize at the Star Football Awards last month.

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