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An Extra Spring

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14:00 18th June 2014

Samuel Ricketts says recent developments at Molineux have seen to it that the players have an extra spring in their stride as they count down the days to their return to training next week.

In addition to a highly attractive fixture list that has quickened pulses around the club, the squad has been buoyed by the recent arrivals of Tommy Rowe from Peterborough and Rajiv van La Parra from Heerenveen, and the decision of David Edwards and Richard Stearman to commit themselves to new contracts.

The events have underpinned the positive mood all around Molineux in the wake of the record-breaking progress to the Sky Bet League One title in the spring - and morale will be high when the squad reassemble next Wednesday.
"It is good news all round," Samuel said. "I think we were all pleased to hear that David and Richard had signed; not just because of their play but because they are two of the more experienced players we have.
"I would be surprised if they took a lot of persuading to remain here. They have been Wolves players for quite a few years now and have bought into what the club are trying to achieve.
"When you are successful, you want to keep you squad together as much as possible and we have done that by coming to agreement with two players who were very big for us last season.
"The new signings look to be very astute. Ever since Kenny and Kevin Thelwell have worked together here on the recruitment side, we have brought good players in and we look forward to welcoming these lads here.
"We need to be as strong as we possibly can be for the challenges ahead and it would be nice to think we could have two good players for every position."

Pre-season used to be about players reporting back from weeks of rest to sweat the pounds off on long stamina runs - in Wolves' case, often over Cannock Chase.
But the greater adherence to scientific methods means there is no longer a tendency for waistlines to expand in the same way.
And head coach Kenny Jackett will be expecting high levels as a starting point for when the build-up to the season starts.
"The lads are looking forward to getting together again and getting down to some hard work as a group," the skipper added. "Gone are the days when you can afford to spend all the summer break on the beach doing nothing.
"We have all had our gym and running programmes to do and it's important we are in decent shape for when we go back to Compton and start to look at the tactical side of the work."

Wolves' first friendly is the one at Cheltenham on July 11 that precedes the two-match trip to the Republic of Ireland.

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