Former Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has described the 2012/2013 season as “a disaster.”
The Republic of Ireland international, who has 15 caps to his name is considering his future at Premier League side Sunderland after failing to make a professional appearance since last October.
As a result of the impressive form of Belgian Simon Mignolet, Westwood has spent almost the whole season on the bench at the Stadium of Light, which has also seen him lose his starting place for Ireland to Millwall’s David Forde.
Westwood did play his first match since October in Ireland’s 4-0 friendly vicotory over Georgia on Sunday alonsgide former Coventry City teammate, Richard Keogh.
Westwood told the Hartlepool Mail “It was not a great season for myself. 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 close to leaving the Stadium of Light on loan whilst Martin O’Neil was still in charge of the Black Cats, only for O’Neil to stop a proposed move, possibly to a Championship side.
“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.
“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.”
With Mignolet being linked with a move away from Sunderland, and Liverpool being mentioned amongst possible suitors, Westwood has not asked for a transfer yet but will keep a close eye on new manager, Paolo Di Canio’s transfer activity very closely this summer.