Jake Cassidy has returned to Wolves open-minded about his immediate future after an impressive spell on loan at League One pacesetters Tranmere.
The powerful 19-year-old striker is among the leading goal-grabbers in League One having grabbed 11 in his second loan spell at Prenton Park, following a promising impact at the end of last season.
But boss Ståle Solbakken now wants to take a look at the striker to assess options for the remainder of the campaign, with Wolves having recalled him ahead of the January 6th finish to ensure he is at least available for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Luton Town.
Cassidy admits he would relish the chance to force his way into Solbakken’s thoughts, but equally would understand if he needs to continue his footballing education elsewhere ahead of hitting the ground running for Wolves in the 2013/14 season.
“I’m back now and ready to do my best in training,” said the Welsh under-21 international.
“If the gaffer likes what he sees then hopefully I will get some action on the pitch.
“Whatever happens I’ve still got another year on my contract after this season.
"So even if I don’t fit into the gaffer’s plans this year I can hopefully look forward to a big year with Wolves next season.
“What happens next is down to what Wolves want and what I want.
“If it is decided that I should go out again and get more games then of course Tranmere would be a good option as I enjoyed it there and they are top of the league.
“But equally my goal is to be knocking on the door here.
“If that doesn’t happen this season I’m not going to be too disheartened but it would be nice if it did happen.”
Cassidy has clearly enjoyed his spell in the North West – his second loan spell with Tranmere - where he has made a big impact during the first half of the season.
“It was enjoyable and another very good experience,” he says.
“Tranmere are top of the league, I got 11 goals, and couldn’t really have asked for any more from a loan spell.
“I feel like I’ve improved a lot on top of the first loan spell I had there last season.
“I’ve played over 30 league games now which has helped me massively and scored 16 goals.
“The football I’ve had can only help me improve.
“I want Wolves to get promoted back to the Premier League but I want Tranmere to get promoted as well.
“So it was a bit hard to leave them when I’ve been a major part of their team.
“The fans have been great for me and I’ll wish them all the very best if I don’t go back there.”
Now though it is about training with Wolves and doing all he can to try and make the squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round tie at Luton (3pm).
“I’m not cup tied so if the gaffer picked me for the squad this weekend that would be a big bonus,” he says.
“I have travelled with the squad before but never got in the 18.
“I’ve got to try and get the minutes under my belt as I’ve played every game for Tranmere and want to keep my fitness up.
“It would be a different challenge here at Wolves but I just want to play my football.
“If I can get a few minutes here then great but if not I won’t be too disheartened and I am sure the lads will do well between now and the end of the season.”
*Matt Doherty and Zeli Ismail have also returned from loan spells with Bury and MK Dons respectively but both are cup tied having turned out in the FA Cup for those clubs.