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I've made a lifetime of memories so far

3 June 2024

Club News

I've made a lifetime of memories so far

3 June 2024

After agreeing a new Owls deal last week, Liam Palmer is keen to build on our impressive end-of-season form and continue his climb in the club’s history books.

The defender has amassed 435 Wednesday appearances, ranking him eighth in the club’s all-time list, and was pleased to have his contract confirmed so soon after the previous campaign and its dramatic conclusion.

Palmer said: “I’m really happy to get things tied up and I’m looking forward to getting back to working and seeing what we can do.

“I’m enjoying family time and being able to take the kids to more places, but other than that I’ve been quite busy really!

“I had the Edinburgh Marathon and the charity run after the season, it’s nice to have everything tied up and go and enjoy some time away on holiday and recharge.

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“I had a chat with the manager at the end of the season about getting something done quickly. I think most players who spoke to him wanted him to stay as well.

“When I spoke to him after the last game, he was keen to have a strong core in the group and that’s music to my ears with the role I’ve adopted in the last few years, as one of the experienced players who can help the younger players.

“On the pitch I’m always keen to impress, but being off it is just as key, especially when you’re putting a new squad together.

“We want to carry on from where we left.”

With the 2023/24 season behind us, Palmer wants to build on the momentum gained in our final six games, during which the Owls were unbeaten.

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The Scotland international played in each of those half-a-dozen matches and hopes to be competing at the other end of the table next time out.

He added: “Last season was a minor miracle, given the position we found ourselves in and to finish the season so strongly.

“We’ve shown that we can compete and be a match for teams, so with a few additions and the manager having a full pre-season, there’s no reason why we can’t aim higher up the table.

“We know we have different weapons in our arsenal to turn games around and deal with different situations.

“We want to hit the ground running, we’ve seen what a bad start can do, so we want to be one of the teams starting well in those first six games to build a solid foundation.

“I missed a chunk of pre-season last summer, so I’m keen to hit the ground running, being fit and ready to go.”

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Palmer’s status as a fans’ favourite continues to grow, with the S6 stalwart entering his 16th season as a first team player.

The two-time Owls Player of the Year is grateful for the support he receives, and says his new contract is a statement of commitment to pay that back.

He added: “I’m so thankful for the strong connection with the fans, with time it’s built so strongly.

“With me and Baz signing, it shows our intent. I was keen to sign early and show that I’m ready to go.

“Over the last few seasons, I’ve averaged around 40 games each year. Hopefully I can get closer to fifth spot in the all-time rankings, and then who knows after that.

“Your longer term goals change all the time, but obviously it’s in the back of my mind. It ties in nicely with wanting to play as often as possible and hopefully I can have a good pre-season and start well.

“I’ve made a lifetime of memories so far and I don’t want that to stop anytime soon.”


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