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Steve Bruce speaks out as player puts pen to paper at Sheffield Wednesday

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has expressed his delight over goalkeeper Keiren Westwood’s decision to sign a new contract with the club.

The 34-year-old shot-stopper has committed his future to the Owls by signing a new two-year deal, extending his stay at Hillsborough until the summer of 2021.

The goalkeeper was frozen out by Jos Luhukay in the first half of last season, but went on to become a key player under Bruce during the second half of the campaign.

Westwood conceded 16 goals and kept eleven clean sheets in 20 Championship appearances for Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Bruce was able to guide the Owls to a top-half finish in the Championship last season, after taking charge at Hillsborough in February and has expressed his delight over Westwood’s decision to sign a new deal.

“Westwood proved to everybody that he is a very, very good goalkeeper. One of the big moves we did early on was put him back in the team and straight away he calmed the back four down remarkably well,” Bruce told the Sheffield Star.

“Thirty-four is nothing for a goalkeeper. He is going to be our goalkeeper for the next couple of years at least and I’m delighted about that,” added the Owls boss.

Sheffield Wednesday finished 12th in the Championship table last season, ten points outside the play-off places, but will be hoping to challenge for promotion under Bruce next term.

The Verdict

Westwood is one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship and he was outstanding for Sheffield Wednesday during the second half of last season.

I’m sure Sheffield Wednesday fans will be delighted that he has signed a new deal and will be looking forward to seeing him produce some more quality saves at Hillsborough next season.

Westwood has been a key player for the Owls over the past few seasons and he’s got plenty of experience in the Championship. Getting him to sign a new deal might just turn out to be the best bit of business they conduct this summer.

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