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Keiren Westwood released by Sunderland.

Former Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who left to club to join Premier League side Sunderland.Former Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has not been offered a new contract by Premier League side Sunderland and will leave the club.

Westwood, 29, joined Coventry City in June 2008 after an excellent few seasons with Carlisle United in League One, in particular 2007/2008 where he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year and took home all of Carlisle’s Player of the Season awards.

After making the step up to the Championship, Westwood once again impressed between the sticks and in his debut season was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.

The following season he walked away with City’s Player of the Season award.

Westwood departed in July 2011, joining Sunderland on a free transfer after opting not to sign a new deal at The Ricoh Arena however his time at The Stadium of Light saw him behind Simon Mignolet in the pecking order and despite impressing whilst Mignolet was injured, including a memorable double save from Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra in a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, Westwood once again found himself on the bench once Mignolet had recovered.

Following Mignolet’s transfer to Liverpool last summer, Westwood competed with Vito Mannone for the number one jersey, which he would hold onto until he was injured himself, spending the last six months on the treatment table after suffering a shoulder injury.

Westwood made 138 appearances in three season with The Sky Blues, and also made his Republic of Ireland debut whilst with the club. He has since gone on to make 16 appearances for The Republic.

Blackburn Rovers are among several Championship clubs looking to land Westwood on a Bosman deal after 24 appearances during his three-year spell on Wearside.

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