The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Pippa Field

DE­FENDER Tom Lees has urged Sh­effield Wed­nes­day to se­cure goal­keeper Keiren West­wood’s fu­ture at the club af­ter their record-break­ing de­fen­sive ef­fort this sea­son.

The Owls’ 1-0 win over Brent­ford on Tues­day night saw them equal the club record for most clean sheets in a sin­gle sea­son.

West­wood has been so im­pres­sive that spec­u­la­tion has be­gun to link the Repub­lic of Ire­land shot-stop­per with a move away from Hills­bor­ough.

But for­mer Leeds United de­fender Lees in­sists Wed­nes­day can­not al­low West­wood to move on if they are se­ri­ous about a tilt at the Pre­mier League next sea­son.

“Keiren has been fan­tas­tic this sea­son,” he said.“He has kept us in a lot of games and has con­trib­uted mas­sively to that record of clean sheets.

“He’s had a great sea­son. Hope­fully we can keep him for next sea­son. It’s im­por­tant we keep our best play­ers and he fits into that cat­e­gory.

“The sum­mer for us is about im­prov­ing and mov­ing for­ward. It’s cru­cial we do not lose peo­ple and re­place them with play­ers who are not as good.

“We need to keep our best play­ers and add to what we have got. If we can do that, hope­fully we can take a step for­wards.”

FORM: Keiren West­wood

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