Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson appears to be one step closer to agreeing on a new contract at Hillsborough amidst interest from several teams.
The 24-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer after coming through the academy system at the club.
This season he has started to cement his place as the Owls’ number one under manager Garry Monk, starting their last ten league games as well as the FA Cup triumph over Premier League outfit Brighton.
Sheffield Star have reported that league rivals Derby County, Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers are monitoring his situation, as are Scottish champions Celtic, but Dawson has offered encouragement over his long-term future this week.
Speaking in a recent interview, he said:
“We are in dialogue with the club about it [contract] now.
“I want a quick resolution as much as anyone does. I like things done. I don’t like it when things drag on.
“Hopefully we will get things done and we can quickly move forward.”
“I love this place. It means an awful lot to me. If there is a chance to stay here, then excellent.”
This comes as a major boost to Monk’s plans as it is one problem that will soon be resolved. There can be an argument made that the goalkeeper position is a tough one to fill as only one player gets to start, whereas some formations allow for two or three central midfielders for instance.
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Wednesday have over eight senior players out of contract in the summer, including Dawson, so tying him up sooner rather than later gives the boss less to think about in the off-season, especially as he will be looking to stamp his own mark on his inherited squad.
It seems increasingly likely that Dawson will stay at the club given these comments. He wants to, Monk clearly wants him to. It’s only a matter of time, you’d imagine.
If you’re keeping out a two-time member of the PFA Championship Team of the Year in Keiren Westwood, then you know you’re seen as the first-choice amongst the squad.
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All those interested in him can look elsewhere.