08:30 19th August 2014
Tommy Rowe featured for 45 minutes of Wolves U21s' game at the Hawthorns on Monday evening but the midfielder felt he could have comfortably continued for longer.
As the summer signing draws ever closer to full fitness, Rowe made his first Wolves appearance since the Cheltenham pre-season friendly in the U21s' 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It was brilliant to be back playing, I was a little bit rusty from where I want to be at but the fitness was there. The sharpness will come with more games. I was happy to get 45 minutes it was just unlucky about the result.
“I felt quite comfortable, I felt I could have kicked on for another 20 or 30 minutes there. In terms of sharpness, that comes from training sessions and being around the lads a bit more which has been happening for the last week and a half.
“It might take another week to get there but hopefully I’ll be firing on all cylinders.
Having been sidelined for the opening home game of the season, the 25-year-old is particularly looking forward to featuring at Molineux and introducing himself to the Wolves home support.
“I’m eager to get back, especially when you see the atmosphere of a home game – to be a part of that would be brilliant and to show the club what I can give.
“Hopefully the lads will get another win on Wednesday night and I can see where I am after that. The gaffer will probably speak to me at some point this week.”
Rowe predominantly played a controlling centre-midfield role against the Baggies U21s and the former Peterborough United captain explained how much he relished playing in that position.
“Ideally playing where I played today would be brilliant," he commented. "I like to get forward and make forward runs but I can also stay back and defend which is important.
“I spoke to the manager and I know he wants that side of it so I’m happy to play wherever but today I was put in a position that I will more likely be playing.
“There’s places in the squad that have two or three players per position which is good competition and it’s healthy to push players on.”
Having played in both League 1 and the Championship, the midfielder knows how difficult making the step-up to the second tier can be but he believes that Wolves are more than capable of competing in the division with their possession-based passing game.
He said: “I know how hard it can be, how brutal it can be. You’ve got to be very clinical in the Championship as was proved on Saturday when we had most of the possession but didn’t take our chances.
“When I watched Wolves last year they always kept the ball well and possession was always hard to take off them. We’ve got players who are comfortable on the ball in all positions.
“I’ve looked around the changing room and there are young players there who have experience. Today it’s all about youth and having the confidence to express themselves.”