Joe Wildsmith has signed a new five-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday as confirmed by the club website.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper is highly rated by the coaches at Hillsborough after coming through the club academy and has already made a few appearances for the club, including a good performance in last night’s 4-1 win over Chesterfield in the First Round of the Carabao Cup. While he is stuck behind Keiren Westwood in the pecking order, many believe he is a future number one for the club and now he has been given a big deal reflecting that.

Wildsmith has been handed a new five-year deal with the club that will keep him in South Yorkshire until 2022. Now that his future at Hillsborough is secure, he concentrate on learning from Westwood and showing the coaches that he is a worthy number of the future. There is also the possibility that he could go out on loan where he could get regular first team action which would help in his development as a player.

After signing the deal, Wildsmith said: “I’m delighted to sign for the club long term, it’s great that the club believe in me and see me as part of the future.”

“I’ve worked as hard as I can and that has been noticed, I’ve really enjoyed playing games over the last two years and all that has been rewarded with a new contract.”

“Playing games is valuable and just being in and around a first team environment and training every day with and getting advice from Keiren Westwood and Andy Rhodes.”

“I feel I’m getting better in each area and want to keep that going.”

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