Bywater extends Owls stay
Sheffield Wednesday keeper Stephen Bywater has penned a one-year contract extension with the Championship new-boys, the club has confirmed.
Last Updated: 27/06/12 11:11am
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has penned a one-year contract extension with the Championship new-boys, the club has confirmed.
The 31-year-old, who signed permanently at Hillsborough from Derby in January after a successful loan spell, prolongs his stay after helping the Owls to promotion from League One.
Bywater displaced Nicky Weaver as first-choice keeper for the last four months of the campaign, with manager Dave Jones keeping him in place after taking over from Gary Megson.
The keeper told Wednesday's official website: "It's a no-brainer for me. I was always going to sign as soon as I knew of the offer."
"This is the biggest club outside of the Premiership, and that is a fact."
Wednesday have bolstered their options between the sticks this summer with the signing of England international Chris Kirkland last month.
Bywater has welcomed the competition for the gloves, adding: "I know Chris really well from our days with the England youth team.
"He's a nice lad and a good goalkeeper and I'm looking forward to working with him again.
"We also have Nicky Weaver and Arron Jameson, so we are looking strong in that department."