Owls keeper’s fast-track to the Premier

Been there, done that:  Keeper Nicky Weaver knows from experience what is possible
Been there, done that: Keeper Nicky Weaver knows from experience what is possible

NICKY Weaver is bidding to help the Owls make a meteoric return to the Premier League and emulate his former club, Manchester City.

He played in all but two of the games as City went from the third tier to the top flight in successive seasons.

He believes that such a feat shows what can be done though the Premier League currently may seem a long way off for the Owls:

“Teams can go up and do well straight away at the higher level. Norwich have gone up, of course,” he said. “In our division, Bournemouth have got into the play-offs after coming up from League Two, and at Manchester City we won back to back promotions. Firstly, of course, we’ve got to get out of this division. Then we’ll see where that takes us.”

City’s promotion double came in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

Weaver added: “When we’d gone up into the Championship, there were perhaps better teams than us there, but we had a great bunch of lads and we used to grind results out.

“We perhaps went into the Premier League too soon, because we went straight back down. But we’d shown what can be done.”

Norwich have become the first team to go from third to first tiers in successive seasons since City achieved it.

Weaver said he was “proud” to be named Wednesday Player of the Year in The Star and Green ’Un football awards, signed a new two-year contract last month.

“Hopefully I’ll stay longer than that; I want to play for as long as I can,” he said.

“Although it’s been a disappointing season for us, and the team is the most important thing, on a personal note it’s been great coming to Wednesday. I’ve enjoyed it. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it even more next season.”

He has also won Player of the Year awards from the Wise Old Owls and London Owls.

Weaver now feels fine though he was carried off last Saturday and needed stitches in a head cut.