Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players

20 Keiren Westwood

  • Position:Goalkeeper
  • DOB:23/10/1984
  • Origin:Republic of Ireland
  • Height(cm):188
  • Weight(kg):86
  • Join Date:01/07/2011

Keiren is a quick and agile goalkeeper who made the step up to the top flight after excelling for years in the Football League.

He is a super shot-stopper blessed with excellent reflexes and can always be counted upon to produce stunning saves at crucial times.

Though born in Manchester, Keiren qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents and proudly represents them at international level.

Having started his career near to home as a trainee with Manchester City, Keiren had a brief loan spell with Oldham Athletic in 2004 without making an appearance.

He then signed for Carlisle, initially as understudy, but soon tied down a first-team place and became arguably one of the Cumbrians’ best ever keepers, playing 153 games and winning two promotions.

Coventry came calling in June 2008 with Keiren making a £500,000 move to the Ricoh Arena, where he again impressed, spending three seasons with the Midlands club and making 138 appearances.

Keiren signed for Sunderland on a free transfer prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, making his league debut in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light in October 2011.

In doing so, he gained membership of a rare and exclusive club of players to have played in all of the top five divisions (Conference, League Two, League One, Championship and Barclays Premier League).

He made 13 appearances during his debut season having stepped in for the injured Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet's form restricted Keiren to just three appearances in 2012-13, all in the Capital One Cup, but the Belgian's departure has opened the door to him once again.

Keiren made his international debut against Nigeria in May 2009 and was in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012, though he didn’t play any games.

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