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Doyle Door Still Ajar


10:27 8th February 2014

Jackett keeping open mind on striker

Kenny Jackett says he definitely hasn’t closed the door on Kevin Doyle’s Wolves career.

The experienced striker has joined Championship promotion-chasers Queen’s Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season, and scored on his debut against Burnley last weekend.

At the end of the loan spell Doyle will still have a year remaining on his Wolves contract, and the Head Coach says his future beyond that will depend on various different factors.

“The deal is he’s there until the end of the season and then he has another year on his contract,” says Jackett.

“So I’m sure there will be an assessment made at the end of the season.

“It will depend on where QPR are, how he plays, how many times he plays.

“But I don’t think we should close the door at all and judging him as a person, he’s a top pro and a very good lad.

“So I don’t think the door is closed, but it really depends on what happens to both clubs over the next three months, plus Kevin’s form and what QPR think of him, also what he thinks of them and what other options he has.

“It will depend on those scenarios being played out over the next three months.

“We’d be foolish to close any doors at the moment – a lot can happen between now and the summer and the best thing for us to do is try to concentrate on trying to get promoted.

“There are a host of people out there on loan who we’ll have the summer to assess but when we know where we are know their own personal situations, it will be a lot easier to do that.”

A striker who has left Wolves permanently is Leigh Griffiths, who is in line for his Celtic debut against Aberdeen today.

Jackett believes Griffiths will get right among the goals on his return North of the Border, and is hoping that he has played his part in which could ultimately be a successful Wolves season.

“I think at that club, in their football, he will score a lot of goals,” sad Jackett.

“He is somebody who wants to live in Scotland, he is a Scottish international, he grew up and understands what it means to play for the club and judging by his comments he is genuinely excited to be there.

“So I think it is an ideal signing for them and in their football I think he will get plenty of goals.

“Will Neil Lennon play him? Will he use him all the time? How we he fare in the European games? How will his own Scottish career develop? Will he get back into the international set-up? They are all things for him, at 23, that he will be aiming to do.

“It didn’t - in the end - work out here but if we can get promoted this year he will have played his part and he will have set us on our way.

“Players cannot stay at one club forever.  

“There does need to be a change and a fresh group – there are different personal circumstances and it was an ideal time for situation for him to move.

“Those personal circumstances dictated that it was the right time for him to move on and his family was a big factor but hopefully he has contributed to a successful season for us.”



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