Lucas to depart Owls
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper David Lucas is set to leave the Hillsborough club.
Sheffield Wednesday are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after David Lucas turned down a new deal with the Hillsborough club.
The former Preston North End custodian will move from the Championship club once his existing Owls contract expires at the end of the month.
The 28-year-old, who missed the latter part of last season with a knee ligament injury, leaves Wednesday after just two years with the South Yorkshire outfit.
Owls boss Paul Sturrock was disappointed to see Lucas move on from the club.
"I'm disappointed as David has done a fantastic job for us, but he wants to be a free agent when he gets fully fit," Sturrock told the club's official website.
"He will still have use of our medical facilities open to him in his recovery from injury."
The impending departure of Lucas has prompted Sturrock to accelerate his efforts to sign a new keeper, with the former Plymouth Argyle and Southampton boss stating he will talk to Liverpool regarding the availability of Scott Carson.
The former Leeds United keeper spent time on loan with The Owls last season and Sturrock will enquire about Carson's availability.
"I will talk to Liverpool over the next couple of days to find out the situation and I hope they can mark my card either way," Sturrock added.
"But I haven't left all my eggs in one basket and I will be working to bring a keeper in soon - hopefully by June 26th."
Sturrock was quick to pour cold water on links he is interested in signing Motherwell defender Steven Hammell.
"Although I don't normally discuss transfer speculation, my fans should be aware that Steven has at no time been one of my targets," he said.