Kevin Foley is hoping to press his claims for a regular starting spot in the Wolves side after revealing he is feeling as good as he has for a long time following his return from injury.
Foley is now fully recovered after an irritating condition at the back of his knee affected his pre-season, and he made his first start in last weekend’s 2-0 win at Peterborough.
An unused substitute in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat at Chelsea, Foley is now set to join a three-way battle for the regular right back berth with Richard Stearman and Ronald Zubar.
“It felt great to be back against Peterborough for my first start of the season,” says Foley.
“I had struggled with injury early on but probably feel as good now as I have for a long time, probably since I had my operation last year.
“I feel good and am looking forward to getting more training under my belt and hopefully playing more games.
“It was frustrating for me at the start of pre-season.
“The new manager comes in and you want to do well and make a good first impression.
“I tried to get through it but wasn’t really doing anyone any favours to carry on training.
“I went away and had a bit of a rest and got it all sorted out.
“Hopefully now I can get back to playing good football.
“There is nothing worse than being injured.
“As a footballer you are never going to feel absolutely 100 per cent every game.
“But if you are feeling 90 to 95 per cent that is great and it shows on the pitch.”
Foley was particularly pleased with the return against Peterborough, as a solid Wolves performance made it three wins from three.
And he feels the squad is moving in the right direction as the new faces blend in ahead of the long npower Championship campaign.
“I enjoyed the Peterborough game a lot,” says Foley.
“The excitement of getting back playing again was great and there were a few nerves, as there always is at the start of a season and especially after not playing for a while.
“I felt I settled in again and, on the back of the two wins before that, I wanted to come in and try and add to the team because the lads had done well.
“Getting a clean sheet was important and it was just nice to come back in and get that winning feeling back.
“This season I think we have got a very good squad.
“We are not getting carried away because we have won three games but we are definitely capable of doing well this season.
“The early signs are positive and I think we can improve although, as ever, we will be taking one game at a time.
He continues: “The gaffer has now got a system which he has worked on for two months now.
“So I think whoever is playing, whether it’s me, Zubey or Stears, and whoever is in front of us on the right, we all know our roles.
“We all know how the team is going to play, when to press it and when to sit back, and hopefully it’s going to help make it a good season.
“But we still know there is a lot of hard work in front of us.
“Every game is going to be different and I am sure Sheffield Wednesday will have their own way of playing and we will have to counter that and match it.”
And Foley is convinced Tuesday’s 6-0 defeat at Chelsea will have no affect whatsoever on the team’s confidence levels, hoping Wolves can put on a strong performance for the fans against the Owls tomorrow (3pm).
“Chelsea are the European Champions so we always knew it was going to be tough,” he says.
“Our team was fresh and ready to try and get a result and it was important for our lads to get some minutes.
“Chelsea were just too good for us but even though we lost, we will be back at it against Sheffield Wednesday.
“The fans have been great as always, getting behind the new players as well and making themselves heard at Chelsea the other night.
“It’s always easier if we can give them something to shout about earlier in the game and make a strong start.
“All fans have got the same desire to see their team start quickly and if we can do that then we have a better chance of getting a result.”