Sheffield Wednesday’s exit keeper saves the best until last

Fond farewell: Richard O'Donnell wishes the club well
Fond farewell: Richard O'Donnell wishes the club well

NEW Chesterfield goallkeeper Richard O’Donnell has issued a heartfelt farewell to the Owls after being one of six players released.

The 23-year-old keeper is a Sheffielder and a Wednesday fan and was hoping to be offered a new contract before signing a one-year deal with the Spireites. But, with his release confirmed, he has thanked fans, wished teammates well, and said the promotion-clinching win against Wycombe is the best of many good memories on which he can reflect. He said on Twitter: “I would officially like to thank each and every SWFC fan out there for their support throughout my time with the club. “It was hard to leave the club I’ve supported all my life and I have so many good memories. But the best memory of all was the last game of the season. Couldn’t have wished for a better way to go out, and to know I had a part to play in the success of the club will live long in my memory.

“So many great people at the club and I wish them all the best, along with my team-mates, who are an unbelievable set of lads. But now on to the next chapter of my career, where, like I did at SWFC, I will give 100 per cent every day. Thanks again, you will all be missed.”

Three others who figured in the league campaign this season are being released as their contracts end next month: Clinton Morrison, Chris Sedgwick and Jon Otsemobor.

O’Donnell played six league games and four in the cups this season, mostly early in the campaign when Nicky Weaver was unfit, and showed some good form.

In his senior Wednesday career, O’Donnell had 18 starts and two outings as sub. Morrison expected to be given a free after figuring little this season. Sedgwick too was given few starts, and Ostemobor’s hopes of playing to earn a new deal were hit by injury. Young pros Vadaine Oliver and Sean Cuff are others released.