Keiren Westwood speaks of ‘disaster’ at Sunderland

WANTS GAMES: Keiren Westwood
WANTS GAMES: Keiren Westwood

KEIREN Westwood will watch transfer developments at Sunderland closely this summer after admitting failing to feature in the Premier League last season was “a disaster” for him.

The Sunderland number two is more than aware that first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet is currently the subject of intense transfer speculation.

And for that reason, Westwood has not sought to call time on his Sunderland career - if Mignolet is sold, the Republic of Ireland international would love the chance to establish himself as number one at the Stadium of Light next season.

But the 28-year-old wants to avoid another lost season and is determined to be playing regularly in the campaign which lies ahead.

“It was not a great season for myself,” said the stopper, who played only three Sunderland games – Capital One Cup matches against Morecambe, MK Dons and Middlesbrough.

“I haven’t had a chance to play and on that front it has been desperately disappointing, to be honest.

“So I’m looking to next season now, to get a few games under my belt.”

Westwood was not asked to play in Sunderland’s first team after October and was convinced, and hopeful, of going out on loan in January, only for Martin O’Neill to put a stop to the proposed move.

“He kept me around and I can understand why he did because to have two goalkeepers of good quality so to speak is a must for a Premier League squad,” reflected Westwood.

“I think, he was more nervous in case anything happened to Simon.

“He couldn’t really let me go, which was a disaster, really, because it has not gone well for me since - I haven’t played any games and I lost my place with Ireland as well.”

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