Former Sunderland and Manchester City player released by newly-relegated Championship club

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been released by Sheffield Wednesday.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 5:00 am

The Owls have confirmed the players who are leaving the club this summer in their retained list.

That comes after the Hillsborough club were relegated from the Championship to League One where they could join the Black Cats if Lee Johnson’s men lose in the play-offs.

And former Sunderland stopper Westwood was amongst those to have been axed by Sheffield Wednesday following seven seasons with the club.

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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on October 27, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The ex-Manchester City academy graduate joined Sunderland – then a Premier League club – from Coventry City back in 2011.

Westwood – now 36-years-old –spent three seasons on Wearside and made 24 appearances in all competitions before moving on to the Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday also announced the departure of several other key players alongside Westwood.

A statement from the club read: “The Owls can confirm our player retention list following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.

“Joost van Aken, Kadeem Harris, Elias Kachunga, Tom Lees, Matt Penney, Moses Odubajo, Joey Pelupessy, Adam Reach, Jordan Rhodes and Keiren Westwood will each be released upon the expiry of their current contracts.”

Wednesday also announced details of the players they will be keeping for their attack on League One next season – and revealed which personnel had been offered new deals.

“The club have activated one-year extensions to retain Ciaran Brennan, Alex Hunt and Sam Hutchinson.

“Osaze Urhoghide has been offered a new contract, while Liam Shaw declined a new contract offer and, as previously communicated, signed an agreement with Celtic.”

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