Weaver loved Owls spell - exclusive

Last updated : 24 January 2006 By Andy Parsons

The goalkeeper became a firm fans favourite at Hillsborough following some impressive displays between the sticks but now goes back to Eastlands to challenge David James for a first-team spot.

But Weaver is still adamant that he may get another chance to play for the club he supported as a boy and thinks that the club will avoid relegation.

He told Footymad: "I have really enjoyed being here. From a personal point of view, I came here to play games and I ended up playing 14 and I am reasonably happy with the way I played but I have really enjoyed it, I have met some really nice people here, some great friends and there’s a good bunch of lads who I am sure will be able to stay up this year.

"Every kid dreams of playing for the team they support but in reality it’s hard to get that chance, so when it came I jumped at it so when I finish my career I will look back at my time at Wednesday with fondness but it wouldn’t surprise me if I ended up here again in the future."

But he goes back over the Pennines and will face stiff competition from James, who has proven his critics wrong for Stuart Pearce's men with some excellent performances during the last two seasons.

Weaver added: "Jamo is doing very well and very rarely gets injured but really unless he does get hurt I don’t think I am going to play much. But I will go back and see what the score is; I will be working hard in training and see what happens. I am out of contract in the summer so maybe I will sit down with City and see what is going to happen or it may be a chance to move somewhere – who knows?"

He also admitted he forged a good relationship with Wednesday's usual first-choice stopper David Lucas who was injured throughout the majority of Weaver's stint at Hillsborough and backs the former Preston stopper to come good again in the future.

"David played against Charlton and in the reserves last week and should have another run out in there before the Luton game where hopefully he will be fully fit," Weaver said."

"I have really got on well with Luca though and I appreciate that because sometimes you may not get on with other goalies because they are your rivals for a shirt but we have got on really well, I have enjoyed his company and working with him and needless to say I wish him every success in the future."