The Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, Keiren Westwood, has tweeted after making his first appearance of the campaign on Monday.
Westwood played 45 minutes for Wednesday’s Under-23s at Crewe Alexandra, having been overlooked at all levels since pre-season.
And the popular Republic of Ireland international, who has been named Owls player of the year twice in his four full seasons at Hillsborough, said afterwards:
Delighted to get the gloves and boots on for 45 mins today 🙂🧤⚽️ last time played at Crewe training ground I was 17 for Man City u17’s. Pitch was just as bad then as it is now 😂 pic.twitter.com/gD2mlcg25L
— Keiren Westwood (@WestwoodKeiren) December 10, 2018
It is a year and one day since Westwood last appeared for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team, in a 3-1 defeat at Norwich City.
The 34-year-old sat out the rest of last season through injury, but has found Cameron Dawson and Joe Wildsmith ahead of him this campaign – prompting countless conspiracy theories.
His Hillsborough deal is one of several due to expire in June 2019.
The U23s took a two-goal lead at Crewe, thanks to George Boyd – another player making a rare appearance in Sheffield Wednesday colours – and Ben Hughes.
But the hosts scored twice past Westwood’s replacement, Dan Wallis, in stoppage time – their second arriving via the goalkeeper, Dave Richards – to emerge with a point.
I DON’T BELIEVE IT!!!!! 😵🤩🤯
Goalkeeper Dave Richards goes up for a corner & he equalises with the last kick of the match!
Get in Trig lad!!! 🙌
— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) December 10, 2018