Long-time Sheffield Wednesday top player to move to League One club despite contract offer


It has been suggested that a Sheffield Wednesday star could leave the club this summer and move to League One.

Sheffield Wednesday have offered new contracts to seven players in the past month; so far only Barry Bannan and Liam Palmer have signed new deals.

Josh Windass had already admitted that Danny Rohl's contract extension could be crucial to his staying at the club, and it seems that this would have been the case for most of the out-of-contract players as well.

One player whose contract offer came as a surprise to many is Cameron Dawson, who only made 18 appearances in the Championship last season.

Dawson made his first-team debut for the Owls in 2013 but failed to establish himself as a regular starter. His most appearances in a league season came in the 2018/19 season, when he started 26 times.

The 28-year-old lost his place when James Beadle arrived on loan in January and was expected to leave Hillsborough as a free agent this summer.

However, he has been offered new terms and it remains to be seen whether he will accept them.

Although Wednesday is Dawson's boyhood club, journalist Rob Staton believes the goalkeeper could leave the club to play regularly for the first team.

Cameron Dawson to join local rivals

Speaking on the Football Heaven podcast, Staton said: “Presumably we will try to bring James Beadle back and that is more likely now that they have retained the class, I would say. There is no reason why that shouldn't happen. Unless someone offers him a huge loan fee, then you would assume he would come back.”

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“So what does Cam Dawson do? Does he want to go somewhere else and be a regular again or be a substitute again? It's difficult when you've played for a club as a kid but I would have thought a clean break would be best for him.

“He could go to League One clubs and be a real asset. I mean, why not? Barnsley would be a good choice. Rotherham would be one too. He's a really good goalkeeper.”

Cameron Dawson's exit would benefit both parties

Cameron Dawson turns 29 next month, and although goalkeepers can play much older, he's not going to improve any more.

The goalkeeper has been a reliable substitute, but there is certainly no chance of him making it into the starting line-up again and he would certainly much rather play regular football.

Dawson reportedly earns more than £8,000 a week and offloading him could provide a real boost before the transfer window opens.

The 28-year-old should opt for a move to League One and become a really important player for a club pushing for promotion.

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