Sheffield Wednesday: Lee wants to stay in midfield

Kieran Lee applauds Owls fans after the game at Ipswich
Kieran Lee applauds Owls fans after the game at Ipswich
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Kieran Lee wants to keep his role as a midfield player in the Wednesday team next season.

The former right back’s success in the position has given him a taste for more.

Lee does not mind reverting to defence if that is what the Owls want but he has enjoyed being at the centre of the action.

Stuart Gray has seen him as a midfield player though he won Oldham’s Player of the Year award for two successive years while playing at right back and was brought to Hillsborough by Dave Jones two years ago primarily to compete with Lewis Buxton for this spot.

“I’ve transformed into a midfielder, which I’ve enjoyed,” he said. “When I was growing up. I thought of myself as a midfielder and I kind of changed, I had a couple of seasons in defence and this season it’s just changed back.

“To be honest I prefer midfield, so hopefully it can carry on. You get more freedom and more of the ball, I suppose.

“Obviously I’ll play wherever, so long as I’m in the team, but if I had a choice I’d choose midfield.

“I enjoyed the game against Ipswich as well. I think we deserved to get something out of it.”

Lee has also defended himself against light-hearted remarks from Gray and Chris Maguire, who both said he did not know how to celebrate after he scored his first goal for the Owls.

He says: “I didn’t have a chance! Everybody started picking me up. I couldn’t move in there. It’s nice to score. All the lads enjoyed it as well.”

The 25-year-old scored only five times in his four years as a senior player at Oldham.

He joined them after serving an apprenticeship at Manchester United.

Lee scored one goal for the Old Trafford outfit, after going on as a sub in a 2-1 League Cup win at Crewe in October, 2006, and made one start for them, in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Chelsea in May, 2007.

His one other appearance for United was as a sub on a 1-0 League Cup defeat at Southend in November, 2006.

Gray restored him to midfield at Ipswich after his brief switch to right back was forced by injuries. Said the Owls boss: “Kieran is a good footballer.

“He can pick out a pass and his link-up play is excellent.”