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Kirkland: Committed to Wednesday

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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has responded to recent speculation by reaffirming his commitment to the club.

Kirkland, who joined Wednesday over the summer on a free transfer, has confirmed he was given special dispensation and time away from the club to deal with a private matter which has now been resolved.

The England international says he is fully focussed on returning to training and challenging for a first-team spot at his new Hillsborough home.

He told the club's official website: "There was a private matter I had to deal with and I'm pleased to say that it is now resolved. The manager gave me the time I needed and now I'm looking forward to joining the squad for pre-season next week.

"I'd like to thank the manager, the chairman and the vice-chairman for helping my situation by being so completely understanding.

"I'd also like to say thank you to the Sheffield Wednesday supporters for their patience. I can assure them I am 110% committed to the club and really looking forward to next week and the Championship season ahead."