Cameron Dawson reveals why he snubbed Sheffield Wednesday for Rotherham United

Outgoing Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson behas reflected on his lengthy tenure at S6 with fond memories and has outlined his reasons for turning down a new contract to join Rotherham United.


The lifelong Wednesday supporter saw his move to the New York Stadium confirmed this week in a surprising transfer. Dawson had initially agreed terms with Bristol Rovers, but Rotherham United intervened over the weekend, swiftly completing the deal to secure him as their 10th signing of the summer.

According to the Wednesday retained list released last month, the Owls extended Dawson an offer to remain at the club where he had been since joining at 15 years old. However, facing ongoing competition for the number one spot from several new goalkeepers, the 28-year-old felt that the timing was ideal to seek a new opportunity elsewhere.

In an interview with BBC Sheffield, Dawson explained his decision, saying: “Sheffield Wednesday is a club that has given me a lot, but I was certain that this summer was the right time for me to move on. I had a great relationship with the manager and the new staff, and they offered me a contract to stay. However, I felt it was time for a new challenge. I was eager to explore new opportunities and embrace a fresh start.”

“I’m thrilled to be at Rotherham, and I’m really looking forward to giving my all to ensure it’s a successful period here,” Dawson expressed enthusiastically.


Having experienced the highs and lows during his time at Wednesday, Dawson played a pivotal role in their memorable promotion from League One in 2022/23. His highlights with the Owls recount some of the club’s most memorable moments in recent history. Now, he’s eager to continue his journey with Rotherham.

“I’ve had some amazing experiences there—promotions, unforgettable games, and cherished memories,” he reflected. “Those moments will stay with me forever—the penalty save on derby day, victories in cup matches, the memorable win against Newcastle, the play-off campaign, and the wins at Elland Road and Villa Park. I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared those moments with so many people who supported me throughout my journey at the club.”

“I couldn’t have achieved any of it alone, and I had some fortunate breaks along the way. I’m deeply grateful to Sheffield Wednesday, but I knew it was time for a change and to move forward. I didn’t want to overstay my welcome, and it felt right for all parties to part ways. I’m thankful to them, but now I’m focused on getting down to business with Rotherham,” Dawson concluded.

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