Kenny Jackett expects David Davis to progress and be a key figure for Wolves this season – believing the midfielder is only going to improve.
The 22-year-old was injured towards the end of last season just as he had hit top form by providing three assists against Birmingham, and is now ready to establish himself in Jackett’s plans for the new campaign.
In dismissing speculation suggesting Blackburn may be interested in the midfield, Jackett has re-affirmed his belief in Davis’s talents.
“We’ve had no approach from Blackburn and I’ve got to be honest – we wouldn’t welcome any,” he said.
“He’s not for sale and it’s the first I’ve heard of it so I can assure the Wolves supporters there has been no contact.
“David has been in the team in pre-season and there’s every chance he will make the first team against Preston tomorrow, so it’s not a situation that we’re looking for to develop.”
Jackett continued: “He’s shown glimpses of his best; I was very impressed with him when I saw him last season and I felt he was probably unlucky not to play more games for the club.
“Then, as can happen at any club, he got injured at the wrong time – when the season really does build up, and where you can lose several players.
“He feels he should have played more games here, and the periods that he did have in the side he showed a lot of promise.”
As with any developing player, Jackett is also confident Davis will continue to grow into his role and get better and better.
He added: “He has more to his game and we’re trying to develop that – we’ve been working on his left foot this pre-season because his passing with his left foot has to improve.
“That’s something I’ve sat down with him and talked about.
“But also then, as you get more comfortable with the players around you, particularly in the midfield area, as you get to know someone else’s game, passing options become easier.
“And if he can settle down in and around a settled team, then his passing will improve.
“Getting to know which players like a ball over the top and which ones like it short and in to feet is important, and it’s certainly important to have a midfield partner who when you win the ball is always within 15 yards so you can give him the ball.
“Those types of things are important because team understanding does bring a player on.”
Jackett meanwhile has repeated his delight at the prospect of almost 5,000 fans supporting the team at Deepdale tomorrow, the largest Wolves away following since the Championship title was clinched at Barnsley in April, 2009.
“I am really pleased to see so many fans travelling to support us and the fact it is the best response in over four years is staggering considering we have just come into League One,” said Jackett.
“It should make for a good atmosphere and hopefully we will put on a good performance and get the right result.”