Sheffield Wednesday: Joining Owls was best decision says Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood picks up his player of the year prize from  Stuart Gray and Des Walker at the Star Football Awards
Keiren Westwood picks up his player of the year prize from Stuart Gray and Des Walker at the Star Football Awards

Keiren Westwood says joining Sheffield Wednesday was possibly the best decision he has ever made.

The Owls keeper was named Wednesday Player of the Year at the Star Football Awards on Monday night, adding to his place in the PFA Championship Team of the Year which was announced on Sunday.

And reflecting on a highly successful first season at Hillsborough, the Republic of Ireland international is convinced he made the right decision to join the Owls after leaving Sunderland.

“I had been through a lot going into last summer,” Westwood told the Star.

“I was a real crossroads about what I was going to do.

“I had six months out with a shoulder injury and an operation. I was at a crossroads so I needed to make a positive decision.

“It has turned out to be possibly the best decision I have ever made.

“I spoke to the manager when I was on holiday and everything was really positive.

“I had a good vibe about Wednesday.

“Some things just fit and thankfully it has this season.

“It has been a great season for everyone involved in the club so onwards and upwards now.

“We have got a real solid base to build on and hopefully we’ll have a good summer in the transfer market.

“Things are looking positive so long may that continue.”

Westwood became the first Wednesday player in 24 years to be named in a PFA team of the year.

In 1991, Nigel Pearson, John Sheridan, Carlton Palmer and David Hirst was all named in the Division Two side.

Westwood was typically coy about the honour.

He said: “I must have a lot of friends who have given me a vote. It was nice to be included in the side.”