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Bjorn Again!

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09:00 9th May 2013

Striker keen for "exciting challenge"

Striker Björn Sigurdarson today re-affirmed his intentions to help Wolves recover from back-to-back relegations and expressed the desire to play a part in an “exciting challenge” next season.

The 21-year-old Icelander notched five goals in 39 appearances – 15 of which came as a substitute – in his first campaign at Molineux and showed signs of the undoubted potential which first drew him to the club’s attention.

And while relegation to npower League One was far from what Sigurdarson was hoping for at the end of his first season in England, he has vowed to try and to his bit to help put things right.

“Coming into this league from Norway it was very different and far more physical,” he says of his summer switch from Lillestrom.

“I have certainly learned a lot this season.

“Unfortunately of course the important thing is that our results weren’t good enough and not at all what anyone expected.

“When I came here I thought we would be battling to be promoted from the Championship but instead we have been relegated.

“But that doesn’t put me off at all.

“I am at an age where I feel I can still develop and get better and I can do that here, and hopefully score more goals next season as well.

“For me it has been great being here.

“There are some really good people here, top facilities with the training ground and stadium, great fans, and I still believe I can achieve my aims here and help the club.

“I am settled in the area and am really happy.

“For me, to enjoy life you have to feel comfortable in where you are and I am very happy in Wolverhampton.”

Sigurdarson is already aware of the tough challenge facing Wolves in a division where they will be seen as a big scalp.

But he believes it should be viewed as the chance to start again and build a team which can be successful over the coming years.

He added:  “We are in League One next season but hopefully a new manager will have the chance to build a new team and this can be an exciting challenge.

“It is going to be tough there I am sure but there is no reason why if we all work hard we should not have a chance of promotion.

“My aims to play for Wolves in the Premier League have not changed – but clearly it is now going to be a lot harder to get there.

“In the long term it is still do-able – we just need some time to get things right and first of all concentrate just on doing well next season.

“And I am definitely up for that challenge.

“The fans have been great all season despite their disappointments and it is up to us to put things right next time.”

The challenge for Sigurdarson when returning for pre-season will be to impress a third manager at the Wolves’ helm, having admitted he learned a great deal from both Ståle Solbakken and Dean Saunders.

“Of course I wasn’t expecting to be going into my third manager here next season,” he said.

“But I have to say I have enjoyed working with both Ståle and Dean.

“Ståle came in and was wanting to teach us a lot but probably didn’t get the time to do that.

“Dean came in and as a former striker was teaching me a lot of new things and was wanting to help me as a player in taking my chances.

“I don’t know if the new manager will like me or not so I just have to work hard to impress when we come back for pre-season.

“You never know what is going to happen in football but I would like to prove I can do a job and stay at the club.”

 

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