Date: 26th July 2010 at 6:26pm
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The inevitable departure of Lee Grant will leave Wednesday without a senior keeper, are the two youngsters good enough to step up?

With Grant being injured throughout pre-season the pair of them have had to cover anyway. By all reports, they haven’t done too bad. Confidence was always going to be an issue when you throw in inexperienced players, especially in the goal, but O’Donnell and Jameson have the stature to become established custodians.

Both the local youngsters stand well over six feet in height and have impressive physiques. Shot stopping is probably both their best assets, but their all-round game isn’t lacking, as was proven in the Sodje boots for Africa game, when O’Donnell curled in a 25-yarder!

Jameson has spent a lot of his two years as a pro out on loan and has done well. O’Donnell has remained at s6 and played a supporting role to Grant, who seemingly never got injured or suspended, leaving O’Donnell still without a first team appearance.

Alan Irvine will probably bring a goalie in. To embark on what Wednesday fans will be hoping is a promotion winning season without a senior resident would be regarded by some fans as foolish.

In goalkeeping terms, O’Donnell, 21 and Jameson, 20 are still only very young. Keepers often reach their peak well into their 30s, but it’s about time the pair were playing regular football.

A solution to this might be to loan out O’Donnell and have Jameson on the bench for the season – or vice versa. O’Donnell has stated in interviews a desire to play regularly and if this opportunity isn’t going to materialise at Wednesday, he could well seek a loan deal next season.

Watch this space.