‘By’ word for success? New loan goalkeeper on a mission to help Sheffield Wednesday win promotion

Experienced hands: New loan signing Stephen Bywater
Experienced hands: New loan signing Stephen Bywater

STEPHEN Bywater wants to be able to say at the end of the season that he helped Sheffield Wednesday to earn promotion.

The club’s new loan keeper - set for a debut against Exeter on Saturday - has told The Star that he has come to Hillsborough aiming to play his part in a season of success.

“I’m excited; I think the club can do well and I want to be part of it,” he said.

The 30-year-old is also keen to meet the “big challenge” for him at an outfit where expectations are high.

“It’s a no-brainer: when a club as massive as Sheffield Wednesday want you, you’re going to say ‘yes’,” he said.

“I hope they get promotion. I want them to go up and I want to help them.”

From a personal viewpoint he is looking no further than his three-month loan stay for the time being.

“I’ll take it as it comes, one step at a time. I’m going to enjoy every minute, come what may,” he said.

“Hopefully there are going to be a lot of clean sheets, a lot of victories, no matter who plays, or what formation we play. It’s all about results.

“It’s a big challenge for me at Sheffield Wednesday, and expectations are big. Let’s have it.”

Gary Megson has said that he has signed Bywater for his experience.

The keeper says: “Hopefully I can bring that to the table and play as many games and get as many three points as possible. That’s what we’re in the game for.

“As a manager, he [Gary Megson] is very experienced. I’m here to help him, to put myself out there and give everything for him.”

Bywater played in a private game against a young Middlesbrough side yesterday. “It was a run-out for me; I enjoyed it and got to know a few of the lads,” he said. “The facilities and training ground are great.”

Nicky Weaver is expected to be fit around the time that Bywater’s loan is due to end.

Richard O’Donnell, aged 23, has played in the last four games, and Arron Jameson, 21, has been on the bench. Megson had no qualms about the duo, but now appears to have been swayed by recent mixed results.

He says: “Losing Nicky was a blow. We have two very good young goalkeepers but we are not in that kind of position where we can just bring young goalkeepers on regardless of results.”