Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer heads for new targets

Liam Palmer gets away from Wigan's Ben Watson
Liam Palmer gets away from Wigan's Ben Watson

Liam Palmer admits that he is not the finished article though he has won a clutch of Wednesday Player of the Year awards.

He has been praised by Stuart Gray for his consistency but the Owls boss also thinks he could score more goals and improve his heading.

“I’d say that’s fair comment - there’s always something to build on,” said The Star’s trophy-winner,” who has netted once.

“It’s brilliant to get this award,” he added. “This season has been incredible for me; I couldn’t have asked for much more.

“My hope for the club next season is for us to finish higher than this season and see where that takes us; on the personal front, I want to play as many games as possible - and work on my heading and score some goals!”

Palmer has also won Wednesday’s own award, and was the choice of the Wise Old Owls and the Owls Foundation. He and Chris Kirkland were joint first in the Disabled Association’s voting.

Although the 22-year-old from Worksop will have missed the final two games of the season with a hip complaint, he will still have made the most starts - 38.

“It’s massively frustrating to miss the last two games,” he said. “The season has been so good for me that I didn’t want it to end. Hopefully we can finish with a win on Saturday.

“The problem has settled down really quickly. I’m stepping up my rehab next week.”

He may do some of his comeback work at the St George’s national centre at Burton and expects to be fully fit in plenty of time for the start of pre-season training.