Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Frustrated’ Chris Kirkland wants to sort future this month

Chris Kirkland
Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland hopes his Owls future will be much clearer by the end of the month after describing the personal frustration at his season so far.

The goalkeeper started his first game in three and a half months as Wednesday fell to a late suckerpunch against Manchester City in Sunday’s FA Cup tie.

That was only Kirkland’s fourth start of the season after finding himself behind Keiren Westwood in the pecking order.

Speculation has increased that Westwood could be set for a return to the Premier League club, something denied by the Republic of Ireland international.

But there has also been discussions of Kirkland leaving Hillsborough on loan, with former club Coventry City heavily linked.

Whatever January may bring, Kirkland hopes he playing regularly in the next couple of months.

“Hopefully something will be sorted for me this month,” the former England keeper told the Star. “But it’s all good me saying I want to go and get games. The club is the most important thing.

“If they want me to stay then I’ll stay.

“I’ve never been any trouble and I always try and help.

“But I’m older now and I want to try and play games.”

After making 83 appearances in his first two seasons at the club, Kirkland’s frustration at being restricted to just four at the mid-point of his third campaign is understandable.

However, he remains committed to the club and insists he will always do what is best for the team rather than himself.

He said: “It’s been extremely tough this season.

“I’ve gone from playing most of my career to hardly playing.

“It’s tough but again it’s not about individuals, it’s about what’s best for the team.

“So I’ve got to try and fight and we’ll see what happens.

“If I can got out and get some games, we’ll look at that possibility.”

The 33-year-old’s last appearance prior to Sunday was also at the Etihad Stadium when Wednesday were beaten 7-0 by the reigning Premier League champions in the Capital One Cup.

Kirkland felt Wednesday eased some of the pain of that infamous September date with their superb performance in the re-run between the two sides.

And he says the players can hold their heads high after only being denied a replay by James Milner’s injury time winner.

He said: “It was so near but you have to remember we were at the champions and it was always going to be tough.

“It was unlucky but the lads can walk away with their heads held high, especially what happened there last time.

“The lads deserve the credit. They were magnificent.”

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