Kevin Doyle today revealed his desire to help Wolves bounce back to success and insisted: “It’s time to right the wrongs.”
The influential striker was the subject of interest and speculation over the summer, but all the way through remained committed to Wolves’ cause indicating he was happy to stay at the club and be part of Kenny Jackett’s new era.
With the transfer window now closed, the speculation can stop, with Doyle now aiming to help bring some pride back to Molineux and be part of an achievement to be remembered long after his career is over.
“I’ve been speaking to the club all the way through,” Doyle told the Official Website.
“Obviously we’ve come from the Premier League to League One in two years and the contracts we signed weren’t envisaged to be in this situation.
“For that reason it was an open summer for me and for the club.
“They were very honest with me and said they’d like to keep me but also had to be mindful of the financial aspect - that was the way it was all summer.
“Unless it was something that was the right move for me I was very happy where I am.
“That’s the 100 per cent truth – the door was kept open for me to stay by the club.
“They were mindful of things financially but the gaffer spoke to me and said he would like to keep me if he could.
“If you just jump ship to go somewhere else it’s not always a bed of roses.
“You can move and maybe end up with a relegation battle or you stay here and try and improve on the disaster of the last two seasons.
“I wasn’t going to leave just to go to the Premier League and maybe do it just for one season to be back where we might be playing next season if things go well.
“I have been in that situation having a number of years in the Premier League and sometimes it’s not the be-all and end-all.
“It’s not nice fighting all the time where the achievement is just to avoid relegation every season, and after five or six years of doing it I don’t find that very stimulating to be honest.
“I’m enjoying the challenge of hopefully getting this club back to a position where everyone can be proud of it again and the fans can be proud of the players and the coaches.
“It won’t be easy and it’s a long, long season but hopefully I can be part of it this year.
“It would have been easy to leave this summer – to go and put it all behind me and try and forget about it all.
“But I’m looking forward to trying to get us back in the Championship and I think everyone here is like that now.
“The club have kept a good, strong squad and have brought some good players in.
“We have the ability to go up and just need to put it all together on the pitch.”
So, was he ever close to leaving?
“There were bits and pieces and opportunities but nothing that went anywhere or to a ‘what should I do’ situation?” Doyle replies.
“I weighed it all up and a lot goes through your mind during the summer and I had to make some decisions.
“It’s about sticking around and trying to have a positive year.
“If I do leave this club in years to come I want to do it with my head held high instead of going now when maybe it might be the easier thing to do.
“In the short term you might think it’s League One but in the more medium term it could be different.
“If I look back in years to come when my career is over, would I prefer the achievement of sticking at it and trying to help this club get back up the divisions or jumping ship and perhaps ending up in another dogfight or whatever it was going to be?
“I think in the long run I am hoping I will get more satisfaction from trying to put right some of the wrongs of the last few years."
Doyle is not taking anything for granted regarding Wolves’ fortunes this season, despite acknowledging the quality is there to mount a sustained bid for promotion.
But he says there are certainly some positive early-season signs with players enjoying their football under the new regime.
“I remember saying last year that we were looking forward to winning more matches over the season but clearly that didn’t work out that way,” he adds.
“So I’m not going to be saying anything similar now!
“It’s not going to be easy at all this season and I think everyone realises that now.
“We have started very well and it has been positive, we are trying to do the right things and are playing very positive football.
“I’ve not seen what it looks like from the outside but on the pitch it feels like we are playing some good football and are doing the right things.
“It has been an enjoyable few games to be a part of since I came in.”
The encouraging start to the campaign has taken place amid a backdrop of some excellent support from the Molineux faithful, both for the team in general and Doyle in particular.
The striker is appreciative of the backing, which is all the more noteworthy given the club’s recent fortunes.
“It has been fantastic,” he says.
“I didn’t really know what to expect.
“I could rightly have been given plenty of stick but they have been tremendous from my first appearance.
“The reception I have got has been excellent and I have really appreciated it.
“I know it’s not been easy for anyone over the last couple of years – fans and players alike – and I’ve been delighted and have appreciated the reception I have had.”
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