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Good business

8 July 2014

Stuart Gray is delighted with the Owls’ business on the transfer front so far this week with quality additions in the form of Chris Kirkland, Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson.

The trio penned permanent deals in S6 ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and the first pre-season friendly against York on Saturday.

Kirkland re-signed after two seasons at Hillsborough, while talented shot stopper Westwood also checked in to compete for a place between the sticks.

After a successful spell on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea last term, Hutchinson has committed his long term future to the Owls, signing a two-year deal.

The head coach told “It’s nice to do some good business with the two goalkeepers Chris Kirkland and Keiren Westwood.

“It’s fantastic news for Sheffield Wednesday and fantastic news for the team, with the two of them fighting for one place.

“The problem last season was that we had a quality goalkeeper in Chris Kirkland and then we brought in loan goalkeepers.

“You’re always a phone call away from their parent clubs calling them back so I wanted two keepers in-house competing with each other day in day out.

“It will be fierce competition between the two of them. One thing I do know is that I have got a lot of confidence in these two goalkeepers.”

As for Hutchinson, the utility man proved an excellent option for Wednesday in the engine room last term.

Gray was delighted to acquire the services of the 24-year-old on a permanent basis following the expiry of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

He added: “We’ve got Sam over the line. When quality Premier League players are out of contract, there is a lot of competition to get their signature.

“Sam had several options but I’m delighted to get him in the building.

“I know what he can give the team, he can play in two or three positions for us and is 100 per cent committed.”

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