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09:00 27th June 2013

Striker has prospered in League One

Jake Cassidy is looking forward to playing a role in getting the goals to try and help Wolves to a successful season in League One.

The Welsh under 21 striker has already tasted life in League One and proved that he has the pedigree to prosper in the division having scored 16 goals in two loan spells with Tranmere Rovers over the last two seasons.

Having impressed at Prenton Park on loan in 2011/12, he returned to the Merseyside club last August on a window to window loan returning to Molineux in January. He made his full debut for Wolves in the FA Cup defeat at Luton, and went on to play a further six games for the senior squad.

Cassidy said: “It’s a good League. I benefitted from playing every week as I did at Tranmere and getting the goals I did, and it’ll be nice to get some goals for Wolves. Hopefully, the goals will come as long as I keep playing.

“There are better players in the Championship, obviously, but the tempo isn’t that different. You do have Premier League players that play in the Championship but you rarely see any in League One.

“But you do get some really nice football in League One. MK Dons play some fantastic football at their place and a lot of sides do try and play. I think the fans will be surprised from what they see from some teams.”

Just three days into the pre-season work out, Cassidy is enjoying his return to the club following the summer break. He explained: “We’ve had our own fitness programmes to work on over the summer to try and keep in the best condition possible. The first few days back in training involves plenty of testing and after that we can crack on with our pre-season work.

“When we return it’s all about getting back into the flow. We will all have had a break and the first part of the week has been tough and I’m sure that the rest of it will be too.

“It’s good to be back though. You miss it when you’re away so it’s nice to be able to have the craic with the boys again. I haven’t spoken to the new boss on a one-to-one basis yet although when he had a meeting with the lads as soon as we had come back and I am looking forward to working with him. He has some good ideas and hopefully we can push on and get ourselves promoted.”

Kenny Jackett has spoken in positive terms of the four younger strikers currently at Wolves -  striking– Cassidy, Björn Sigurdarson, Lee Griffiths and Liam McAlinden.

Griffiths’s goal record for Hibernian speaks for itself and Sigurdarson gave notice of his undoubted talents last season. But the one player that Cassidy is particularly well versed in playing alongside is McAlinden with the pair having spearheaded the club’s under 21 team after his return from Tranmere.

He added: “Liam has different attributes to me but it’s always good to have two strikers up front with different aspects to their games. But he works hard and he scores goals.

“It’ll be nice to get going. I just want to work hard over the next six weeks and hopefully we can pick up some early wins and get the season off to a good start.”                                      

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