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An Open Mind

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08:30 19th August 2013

Jackett on Doyle/Doherty/McDonald

Head Coach Kenny Jackett is continuing to keep an open mind on the future of striker Kevin Doyle, once again praising his commitment and quality as he helped Wolves to victory at Bristol City on Saturday.

With the transfer window closing a fortnight today, Jackett is well aware there could still be plenty of interest in the Republic of Ireland striker, having previously confirmed his abilities and financial situation are not perhaps geared to Sky Bet League One.

But he would also be happy to have the striker at his disposal should that prove the situation, particularly on the sort of form shown in leading the line at Ashton Gate.

“It was Kevin’s strike that the keeper made a very good save from in the second half,” said Jackett.

“He worked the keeper very well and a performance like his deserved a goal.

“Kevin is a Wolves player although there is constant speculation in the newspapers.

“Is he unhappy here? Is he close to a move?  That’s not necessarily the case.

“It’s quite a unique and unusual situation that the club has dropped two levels in two years and these might not be our problems but they are our equations to work out.

“The club has its way and we have got to make sure we keep planning on ourselves and concentrate on our own club and our own team.

“Kevin’s commitment since I have been here has been excellent and it was evident today.”

Jackett was asked if Doyle had too much quality for League One?

“I hope that proves the case over the course of the year and I hope we can keep him as well,” he replied.

“But we’ll have to see.

“He has shown a lot of commitment and a lot of quality in the short time I have been here.”

One player whose future Wolves are currently trying to secure is Saturday’s matchwinner Matt Doherty, with talks ongoing over a new contract.

Doherty has followed up his sustained first team run at the end of last season by impressing Jackett at the start of this, although the Head Coach is also confident there is still much more to come.

“Matt is a good full back,” said Jackett.

“Like a lot of the players, there are aspects of his game he can work on and he is not the finished article by any means.

“Some of his decisions and co-ordination and his understanding with his fellow team-mates is work in progress.

“He has made a very bright start in pre-season and we’re only three games in but he has really contributed.”

In terms of permanent arrivals Kevin McDonald is the second player brought in by Jackett since arriving at the club, the midfielder making his debut in the closing minutes of Saturday’s victory.

McDonald’s ability and indeed versatility is something which Jackett feels will prove crucial over the course of a testing League One campaign.

He added:  “Kevin can play in one of the two central midfield positions or in the number ten role, depending what you need on that particular day.

“We feel he’s a good signing for us.

“He has both experience – which we don’t really have an abundance of in central midfield – and quality to go on in this season, and years to come, be a good player for Wolves.

“We need different players who can play different roles and you need that at a club.

“We haven’t got many injuries at the moment but it doesn’t always stay like that through the season so we are looking to build a squad which breeds competition and takes away any complacency.

“He’s had a tough week and really everything was only settled and done and he was back in on Friday.”

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