Kirkland back and raring to go
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has responded to recent speculation by reaffirming his commitment to the club.
Kirkland, who joined Wednesday over the summer on a free transfer, has confirmed he was given special dispensation and time away from the club to deal with a private matter which has now been resolved.
The England international says he is fully focussed on returning to training and challenging for a first-team spot at his new Hillsborough home.
He told the club's official website: "There was a private matter I had to deal with and I'm pleased to say that it is now resolved. The manager gave me the time I needed and now I'm looking forward to joining the squad for pre-season next week.
"I'd like to thank the manager, the chairman and the vice-chairman for helping my situation by being so completely understanding.
"I'd also like to say thank you to the Sheffield Wednesday supporters for their patience. I can assure them I am 110% committed to the club and really looking forward to next week and the Championship season ahead."