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Edwards In Contract Contention


13:06 4th February 2014

Gaffer's praise for midfielder


Kenny Jackett has revealed that Dave Edwards is in contention for a potential new Wolves deal after his successful recent return to the team.

Edwards is closing in on recovering from a recent foot injury after a run in the side which included scoring three goals in nine appearances.

Jackett has been impressed with both his performances and his professionalism on and opff the pitch which has put him in contention for a potential new deal when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

“Edwards is a good player who has played very well for us,” said Jackett.

“He’s a consistent player and a very good personality who has been a loss for us and, whenever he does come back, he’ll be an addition.

“It won’t be too long in the future and hopefully then he can see it right through to the end of the season.

“Do I think he’ll be here next year? Yes.

“He is out of contract and no decision has been made yet but I wouldn’t say he needs to play a certain amount of games this year to earn one.

“It just really is where we are at the time and where we would assess him going forward - not necessarily on what he’s done because we know he’s a good player.

“It’s just our assessment of where he is going forward and what he can do for us during the course of whatever term contract a player should sign.

“If we’re looking to the end of the season we don’t know what division we are going to be in yet and so in terms of our planning we have to wait and see.

“But obviously Dave is someone I’ve got some time for.”

Edwards is closing in a potential return but is unlikely to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Stevenage (3pm).

Carl Ikeme meanwhile is also not too far away after suffering a broken bone in his hand at Tranmere on New Year’s Day.

“Carl is outside doing some training and will begin full training on Monday,” said Jackett.

“He’s on schedule. He’s doing handling work with the goalkeeping coach (Pat Mountain) and it will be a big boost to have him back.

“He’s been a key player for us and he’ll be a welcome addition.

“It’s been a good department for us so far this season with both Aaron and Carl doing very well.

“Two goals against in five games – one of them a last-minute goal from a corner at Gillingham – shows Aaron can’t really have done any better.”

“It’s ongoing with Dave but he won’t be fit this weekend.

“We haven’t got a timescale. It’s quite near the area where he broke a metatarsal last season and it isn’t right yet.

“He’s had a series of injections, so whether this latest injection will work, we’ll see later in the week, but I don’t think I’ll be considering him Saturday even if he trains by Thursday or Friday.”


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