Keiren Westwood (file photo). Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO
Crewe Calling

Ex-Ireland goalkeeper Westwood makes loan move to League Two side

Crewe Alexandra are currently in fifth place in League Two.


FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has signed for League Two outfit Crewe Alexandra.

The 39-year-old, who won 21 caps for Ireland, has joined the Crewe squad on a short-term deal.

Westwood’s last club was QPR, departing there in July 2022. His career featured lengthy spells with Carlisle United, Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday, while he also played for Sunderland.

Crewe are currently in fifth place in League Two, only two points off an automatic promotion spot. They face Crawley Town this Saturday.

Crewe manager Lee Bell said: “Keiren is going to sign for an initial month and then we will take it from there.

“He’s a brilliant professional and has been around the club for three years. He came with us as part of the coaching team when Fred (Barber) was ill earlier in the season.

“He’s got great experience and he is a great influence. I’ve told him his job is to push Harvey (Davies), so he knows there is pressure on him and he has to perform.

“He has had plenty of offers in this league, higher above, and abroad. He’s never retired but he only wants to do things that are right for him and his family. We are delighted to have him.”

Meanwhile, Bohemians have signed Polish goalkeeper Kacper Chorazka on a multi-year contract. The 24-year-old joins from Cypriot club ASIL Lysi.

“We have done a lot of homework on Kacper,” manager Declan Devine said. “I’ve gone to watch him in Cyprus, and he has been on our radar since last season so I am delighted to get him over the line.

“He has played in Cyprus for a number of years but hasn’t been afraid to leave a comfortable lifestyle behind him there, which tells me a lot about the guy. He wants to come here to showcase his talent, and has a determination and desire to do really well.

“He is a talented boy who wants to push on, and is a player that I have spent a bit of time with recently and have had good conversations with in terms of where he wants to go in his career.

“He is very calm in possession of the ball, knows about the physicality of the League of Ireland, and is a very welcome addition to our squad.”

Elsewhere, Kian Leavy has extended his stay at St Patrick’s Athletic. The 21-year-old midfielder has signed a new multi-year contract, having returned to the club from Reading in July 2023.

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