Matt Doherty has no intention of resting on his laurels after putting pen to paper on a new contract, insisting he now aims to become the best right back in Sky Bet League One.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who made his league debut for the club against Liverpool at Anfield, has signed a new three-year deal which will keep him at Molineux until at least 2016.
The 21-year-old, who was signed by Wolves after impressing in a pre-season friendly appearance against them for Bohemians three years ago, is pleased to now be able to concentrate purely on his football and helping the club enjoy a successful season.
“I’m delighted to have signed the contract and committed myself to the club for the next three years,” he says.
“I think it proves just how much I want to be at Wolves and hopefully be part of a successful time here.
“Negotiations have been going on for a couple of months now and it’s good to get it all completed.
“It doesn’t affect you when you’re out there playing but it is something you think about when it is all going on and it’s nice to be able to know it’s all sorted and I can concentrate purely on the football.
“It’s important though that I keep working and don’t let my standards drop now the contract is signed.
“With my future secured the aim for me is to be the best right back I can possibly be, and why not try to be the best right back in the league?
“I’ve really enjoyed my football since getting into the team towards the end of last season, and have managed to keep it going this season under the new gaffer as well.
“Now I’ve just got to keep working as hard as I can and keep improving to help the team in our bid to be promoted this season.”
Doherty has highlighted the collective spirit and togetherness within the ranks as a good foundation for a long season ahead, with Wolves keen to improve upon an encouraging start with 13 points from the first games taking them to second in the early League One table.
He added: “I think it’s great that so many younger players are getting a chance here now and I think the fans are enjoying it as well.
“We have seen Leigh (Griffiths) sign a new contract, I’ve signed one, and I am sure there will be others to follow.
“Hopefully everyone can see that there is going to be a good future at Wolves.
“The main thing for all of us is to try and get promoted and get back into the Championship.
“I want to play as well as I can but the most important thing is that we get promoted – however we play as individuals, that has to be the priority.”