Sheffield Wednesday: Sibling rivalry spurs on Owls new boy

Will Keane
Will Keane

New Owls arrival Will Keane wants to follow in the footsteps of twin brother Michael by making his mark in the Premier League.

Striker Will, who is set to make his Wednesday debut against Birmingham City tonight, having arrived on loan from Manchester United, is happy to see centre-back Michael flourishing at the top level.

Michael initially joined Burnley on loan but the 22-year-old has impressed at Turf Moor, prompting Clarets boss Sean Dyche to sign him on a permanent basis earlier this month.

“We both support each other,” Will told The Star. “It’s been great for him this season getting his break in the Premier League.

“Michael went to Burnley on loan initially to gain experience and he got playing and really enjoyed it and ended up moving there on a permanently which he’s very pleased about.

“He’s trying to help keep them in the Premier League and hopefully that’s something he’s able to achieve. He’s really enjoying it.”

Before leaving Old Trafford, Michael also spent time on loan at Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers as part of his football education.

Will, on loan with Wednesday until the end of the season, said: “Mike had three loan spells in the Championship each one was successful. He did well and got his chance in the Premier League. It spurs me on seeing how well he has done.

“Michael proved himself at Championship level and that’s something I’m looking to do now. If I can come here (Wednesday), do well and score some goals, the Premier League is something I would like to think I can do in the future. But, first and foremost, I need to come and prove myself in the Championship.”

This will be the third time Will has plied his trade in the second-tier of English football. The 22-year-old made 14 appearances on loan at Wigan Athletic and then Queens Park Rangers last season. He was left out of the match-day squad as QPR triumphed 1-0 at Wembley in the play-off final against Derby County last May.

“The Championship is a very tough league and I know it is not easy,” admitted Will. “When I went out on loan, I probably wasn’t at my fittest.

“With hindsight, I should probably have stayed at United and got myself fully fit before pushing to go out on loan but I was anxious to play some games. I didn’t play as much as I would have liked at either Wigan or QPR and my fitness wasn’t where it should have been. I have worked hard since those loans and I feel ready now.”

Will, a prolific goal-scorer in United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning side, has made just one appearance for the Red Devils. The talented forward, who has featured at England U16, U17, U19 and Under-21 level, came on as a second half substitute against Blackburn Rovers over three years ago.

“I have been at United since I was 10 and I am a United fan so that was probably the proudest moment of my career when I made my debut for them,” said Will. “There is no better place to learn than United.

“It is great playing with world class players who have been there and done it and competing in the best tournaments.

“But now I need to be playing competitive football and Sheffield Wednesday is the next step in my development. Hopefully I will get better as a player here.”

Will, contracted to United until 2017, said he will assess his future at United in the summer.

“Right now, I’m looking at this challenge and I know I have to prove myself with Wednesday before even thinking of United and getting in their team,” he said.

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