Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal lauds Keiren Westwood after goalkeeper signs new deal

Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood

The goalkeeper has been a stalwart for the Championship side over the last couple of seasons.

Sheffield Wednesday's Keiren WestwoodSheffield Wednesday's Keiren Westwood

Carlos Carvalhal has heaped praise on Keiren Westwood after the goalkeeper signed a contract extension that will see him stay at Sheffield Wednesday until 2019, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Republic of Ireland international has been exceptional since moving to Hillsborough around two years ago, so it is hardly surprising that the club have looked to tie him down for longer.

Keiren Westwood of Sheffield Wednesday celebrates at the end of the game

And Carvalhal has outlined just how delighted he was to see the 31-year-old put pen to paper on the extension.

"I'm happy because Keiren is a good pro. He is a good goalkeeper and we are happy that Keiren will be with us more time. He has done fantastic for us," he told the Star.

"We are trying to keep the players who deserve to stay and are working hard all the time."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Westwood has arguably been one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Championship since his move to Wednesday, so perhaps the biggest surprise is that the club did not face a tougher fight to keep him away from Premier League clubs.

With several of their key men agreeing new deals over the past few months, it is clear that the club are heading in the right direction, especially with an owner at the helm who has not been afraid to bring high-profile names to the team to complement the core group they already have.

And with the Championship promotion race often being decided by fine margins - as Wednesday cruelly know all too well after last season - it seems that the unity within the squad could be a key factor in the side going one step further this year.

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

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