Sheffield Wednesday: Weaver couldn’t turn down ‘his’ Owls

Nicky Weaver
Nicky Weaver

Nicky Weaver says he could not turn down the opportunity to rejoin ‘his’ club after being named the Owls’ new Academy goalkeeping coach.

The 35-year-old took the decision to retire after spending last season with Aberdeen.

And while coaching was never really in his plans, he insists there was no way he could resist the lure of his boyhood club.

“Coaching was not something I really thought about doing and I always said I wanted to do something different,” Weaver told the Star.

“But the opportunity came up and sometimes you can’t turn it down.

“It’s the whole package here. They are my club and it’s the people I’m working with.

“I’ve know and worked with Andy Rhodes (GK coach) a long time, I worked with Stuart Gray at Burnley and I know Dean Ramsdale and Neil Thompson who I get on well with.

“Once I made up my mind, there was only one place I was coming.

“It’s great to be back.

“Wednesday have been a part of my life since I went to watch my first game when I was six. They’ve always been my team.

“I’m a Sheffield lad so I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by because you never know if it’s going to come again.

“I took it with both hands.”

Weaver had two spells with Wednesday as a player, making 71 appearances.