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Westwood joins Wednesday

IRELAND international goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has signed for Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer.

The experienced stopper has put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Hillsborough.

Westwood has clocked almost 300 senior appearances during his career so far, 
playing in the English Premier League and for the Republic of Ireland on the international stage.

Westwood was released by Sunderland at the end of the season after starting the campaign as first choice under Paolo di Canio.

He lost his place to Vito Mannone and missed the second half of the campaign to injury, with Gus Poyet deciding against retaining his services.

The 29-year-old began his career as a youngster with Manchester City, where he learned the ropes behind England number one David James.

Westwood moved to Carlisle United and helped them to the League Two title in 2006, making 35 appearances.

Coventry City swooped for Westwood in the summer of 2008 and the keeper made a similar impression in the Midlands, going on to earn inclusion in the 2008/09 PFA Championship Team of the Year.

In June 2011, Westwood moved to Premier League Sunderland.

Westwood has made 19 appearances for the Republic of Ireland.

Owls boss Stuart Gray said: "Keiren is a goalkeeper I have always admired and I'm delighted he's joined us."