Danny Batth today revealed his delight at signing a new contract at Wolves – and backed the club to move onwards and upwards over the next few years.
The powerful defender has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal having made one of the central defensive positions his own this season under Head Coach Kenny Jackett.
Negotiations have been lengthy, but the 23-year-old was always keen to cement his future to a club where he first arrived in the Academy at the age of 11.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract,” said Batth.
“I’ve been with Wolves since I was 11 years old so I know the club really well – the staff and the people here – and I think it is always important for players to come through the Academy and is hopefully a sign of things to come.
“This is a place I can call home.
“It’s a family club and it feels like it’s all getting back to what the club is all about with the work being done at the top by Steve, Jez and Richard Skirrow.
“I have gone out and had my loan football elsewhere and it has probably taken up until this season to really establish myself in the team.
“The feedback I’m getting from the fans has been good and I think Kenny has come in and done a great job and has improved me as a player.
“Last season was a difficult one for everyone and being a fan of the club it was difficult to be sat there and watching it.
“Trying to be part of putting things right was something I wanted to commit to and while it has taken a while to get things sorted I’m delighted it has all gone through.”
Batth’s performances have remained at a high and consistent level throughout the season so far, despite the fact his previous contract was due to run out at the end of the campaign.
He believes the spirit within the dressing room has played a key part in helping the team to third in the Sky Bet League One table and right in the mix of the battle for automatic promotion.
“These are exciting times for the club on the field,” he added.
“We have got some good younger players coming through as well as some experienced heads in the team as well.
“Together I think there is a good mix and hopefully that will result not only in a good season this time but also over the next few years as well.
“I’ve try to base my game this season around being consistent.
“For a team results are always the main thing and hopefully I have contributed to the good results we have had.
“The spirit in the dressing room is good although I think there’s a few who will be devastated they’ve got to put up with me for another three-and-a-half years!
“We are all working together and are third in the table with some big games to come.
“We know there are going to be obstacles on the way but hopefully if we can play like we did against Preston then we should have a good chance of getting where we want to be.”
Batth meanwhile is also committed to continuing to develop and improve as he heads into the coming years.
“I do think there is more to come from me and being a workaholic should stand me in good stead,” he added.
“These are exciting times for me and Kenny has been different class since he came in.
“He and Joe (Gallen) are working closely with me every week to improve my game and it has been a combined effort with everyone working together.
“Hopefully people can see that and keep supporting me as well as they have been.
“I think the club is now building something and hopefully we can go on to achieve something special.
“I just want to thank all the fans who have been fantastic in their support of me so far.
“I know it’s taken a while but I think we’ve all come to the right decision and hopefully the fans will continue to support me but more importantly the whole team for the rest of the season.”
*The full extended interview with Danny will appear on Wolves' Offiical Youtube account this afternoon.