Wolves have offered Jody Craddock a one-year contract to extend his stay at Molineux. As this will take his time at the club to ten years, it will give the defender the opportunity to qualify for a well-deserved testimonial.
While Craddock will face a battle for regular football given the central defensive options already at boss Ståle Solbakken’s disposal, he is to be retained as back-up to the first team squad and available for action if required.
At the same time, given his experience, he will also be used by the club in other areas, using his UEFA ‘B’ level coaching expertise within the club’s Academy and also assisting in an Ambassadorial role as well.
Chief Executive Jez Moxey confirmed today: “Everyone at Wolves both within the playing squad and staff is aware of the qualities of Jody Craddock, both on and off the pitch.
“He is a consummate professional who is – and always has been – a credit to Wolves and everything the Club stands for.
“In an ideal world you don’t want to lose people like that, which is why, even if his playing opportunities may well be very limited next season, we have agreed to offer him a new deal which will take him to ten years’ service.
“He will be available to provide experienced defensive back-up if required, but, given that it is unlikely he will be playing regular football, there is also the opportunity to add other elements to his role within the Football Club.
“Jody is a qualified coach to UEFA ‘B’ standard, and he will be able to assist with coaching duties within the Academy, mentor young players as well as fill a role for the first team.
“Like all our players, Jody also takes his role within the community seriously. For example he supports Wolves Community Trust and other good causes and his new situation will now allow him to expand on those activities into a more ambassadorial role.
“Adding these extra responsibilities to the playing contract offered to Jody should provide a positive outcome for all parties, and we are all looking forward to having him at the Club for at least another year and hopefully much longer.”
Boss Ståle Solbakken is also pleased a deal is to be offered to the club’s longest serving player.
“Jody is a player with a lot of experience and knowledge and can be a very good example to the other players in the squad,” said Solbakken.
“It is good to have him as cover but also important that he will be able to do other things within the Club as well to pass on all his experience."
Reaction from Jody and other members of the squad will follow shortly.