Matt Doherty is closing in on returning to Wolves following a successful loan with Bury keen to show his worth to boss Ståle Solbakken.
The 20-year-old right back has caught the eye during his three months at Gigg Lane, not only making 20 appearances but also chipping in with three goals.
His loan spell finishes on January 3, and Wolves boss Solbakken has already suggested he is going to take a look at the likes of Doherty and Jake Cassidy – set to return from Tranmere – to assess their progress.
“I’m 20, almost 21,” says Doherty, who has made six senior appearances for Wolves.
“I’ve got experience now, I’m at the right age and I’m ready to play for Wolves.
“I should really be playing week-in, week-out at first team level - whether that is at Wolves - which I hope it is - or elsewhere.
“I know Wolves want me back, so I’ll go back and see where things stand.
“If I’m in and around the team then perfect - but if I’m not then we’ll have to sort something that keeps both me and the club happy.
“There is no better feeling than playing games.
“When you’re not playing and your team win or lose, you always want to be out there fighting with the boys.”
Doherty has previously enjoyed another successful loan spell with Hibernian, including helping them to the Scottish Cup Final, and would not be averse to another temporary move if first team football isn’t available at Wolves.
But he is also ready to battle with the likes of the more senior full backs at Molineux if necessary.
“Me, ‘Foles’ and ‘Stears’ have to fight it out I guess!” he added.
“They’re older and have more league games under their belts but I’m confident I can get to where I want to be and achieve what I want to achieve.
“I do love it at Bury.
“If I have to go back on loan anywhere- and if it wasn’t to the Championship- then I’d come back.
“Playing against the better teams is more of a challenge. I’ve got nothing but good words to say about Bury, in particular Kevin Blackwell who has given me great confidence.
“They’ve treated me fantastically well. I’ve done well and couldn’t ask for more.
“But I’m thinking about nothing else than knowing I’ll be back at Wolves next week.
“I’ve done what the manager has asked of me in getting these valuable games under my belt, so I hope my performances have shown I’m a contender now.
“I made my ‘Prem’ debut last year and truly believe I can play at that level again.
“Hopefully that will be with Wolves and I know they have had people at Bury games.
“I like to look at the list to see which scouts are at the games and whether Wolves are there. I know everything I do here gets relayed back.
“So I’m really looking forward to getting back.”