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Jake Kean completes Owls switch

18 July 2016

Goalkeeper Jake Kean has joined Sheffield Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has signed for the Owls leaving Championship rivals Norwich by mutual consent.

The towering shot-stopper rose through the ranks at Derby before joining Blackburn in July 2009.

Kean made a total of 44 appearances for the Ewood Park club, punctuated with loan spells at Hartlepool, Rochdale, Yeovil and Oldham.

Premier League side Norwich moved to sign the custodian in August 2015, which led to further loan stints at Colchester and Swindon.

Upon signing his contract at Hillsborough, Kean said: “Obviously this is a massive club with a great history and hopefully an even better future.

“There is a lot of competition but any competition is good competition.

“It’s up to me to come here and have a go and try and get that number one shirt.

“But it’s Keiren’s at the minute and if I can provide more competition for him and make him play better then great.

“I believe this club has got every chance to go up automatically, if not via the play-offs. There is a strong squad here and obviously on the back of the disappointment last year, the lads will want to kick on.

“It will be a difficult division, it always is. There are some big teams, who will have a good go but I expect it to be tough like always.”

Kean is now looking forward to linking up with his new team mates on the training ground ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Benfica and the five-day Portuguese training camp the following day.

He continued: “It’s been a strange year followed by a strange 24 hours with leaving Norwich and coming here but now I am just excited to be part of this squad and hopefully we can achieve something.”

Incidentally, Jake’s great uncle Fred Kean also represented the Owls between 1920 and 1928.

The no-nonsense defender became the first Sheffield-born player to play for England since Tommy Crawshaw in 1904.

Kean left the Owls for Bolton in 1928 for a then club record sale.

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