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11:02 14th February 2014

Jackett explains O'Hara move

Kenny Jackett believes Jamie O’Hara’s intensive training stint in America will be of benefit to the midfielder who remains behind several others in the Head Coach’s Molineux plans.

But while O’Hara remains available for emergency loan upon his return, Jackett is not closing the door on him in terms of a potential Molineux future.

“He’s not someone I’ve used too much and it very much depends on how our first team go, and how our young midfield players go,” says Jackett.

“Jack Price and Lee Evans, who has probably made the most appearances, have been in there along with Kevin McDonald who at 25 came in as one of my signings.

“And supplement to them is David Davis, and they are the ones I’ve selected.

“Midfield has been a strong area for us of late, with me predominantly wanting to go with younger players.

“For Jamie to have to shift them, with the way they are playing, will be difficult.

“But should injuries come along then I wouldn’t hesitate to use any player that I thought was right. 

“Jamie is a talented player but I wouldn’t suddenly say he is the most talented midfield player at the club.

“Lee Evans at 19 has shown an aptitude and ability going forwards and Dave Edwards has played quite a number of times.

“But I won’t close the door on Jamie - his Wolves career now depends on the progress of the people ahead of him.”

O’Hara is to spend three weeks undergoing an intensive personal fitness regime at his own expense at the renowned EXOS training facility in Los Angeles.

Jackett believes a change of environment and routine might just help as the midfielder chases the sort of sharpness which will help him showcase his undoubted talent.

“It’s an opportunity that Jamie wanted to pursue and we’ve decided that we’re going to go with that,” said the Head Coach.

“Hopefully, fitness-wise it can really bring him on and in the long run this opportunity gives him the chance to prove to someone that he can make that break back into first-team football.

“We are happy to back him and think that in terms of his one-to-one fitness he can improve.

“He’s played regular Under-21 football but can his fitness be better? Then after that it can become a chicken and egg situation, in terms of if you don’t play you have a specific fitness.

“But we think that one-on-one this can help focus him and make sure that physically he gets the most out of what he’s got, and in particular his mobility, we think, can improve.

“It is a change of scenery, hopefully the work he does out there, which will be of a one-on-one nature and be very specific, and in a different environment, can help him mentally.”

“Jamie needs somebody to believe in him, somebody to back him, somebody to take him.

“I have been surprised that nobody has - particularly sides that play 4-3-3 and need a left-footer who is good on the ball.

“It’s been a surprise that nobody has taken a chance on him because we all know he is a talented footballer.”

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