Sheffield Wednesday appointing Tony Pulis has opened up fresh opportunities for the playing squad at Hillsborough.
Garry Monk had been in the role at Hillsborough for little over 12 months and, in that time, he’d opted to freeze out one of the squad’s most experienced players.
Keiren Westwood is, of course, the man in question. His last appearance came in 2019 and he hasn’t featured whatsoever in 2020/21.
Pulis’ appointment appears to have opened the door for him again…
What’s the latest?
As Pulis addressed the media for the first time earlier in the week, he confirmed that he would like to have Westwood available for selection.
The 36-year-old missed out on Garry Monk’s initial 25-man squad, with the former Wednesday boss placing his faith in the young duo of Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith.
Pulis told @swfc: “Personally I think Westwood is one of the best in the Championship. If he was available, I would be looking to pick him and that’s me being honest.”
So, when available, it looks like Westwood will have the backing of his new manager, but when will that be?
The Sheffield Star note how Wednesday have already been in contact with the EFL over registering the Irishman ahead of this weekend’s meeting against Preston North End.
It’s claimed that the process to register Westwood isn’t a complicated one and Wednesday could well welcome the goalkeeper back into the fold before January.
That’s a boost for both Pulis and the player. It might not be in time for Preston, but Westwood’s path back into the first-team at Hillsborough is almost clear.