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Edwards On Course


09:00 21st May 2013

Midfielder's rehab going to plan

Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has warned all at the club not to underestimate the challenge of League One, after it was confirmed that the club had taken up the option to extend the Welshman's contract by a further year.

Edwards, who has been with Wolves since joining from Luton Town in 2008, saw his last campaign blighted by two serious injuries - suffered in both the home and away fixtures against Bristol City - and hasn't played since picking up the second of those injuries in March.

However, he has revealed that he is on course to be fit for the start of pre-season, and is determined to play his part in getting the club back into the Championship.

"Hopefully I'll be fit for pre-season," he explains. "That's the aim, and it'll be 12 weeks post-surgery, which is the time frame I was given. Hopefully now I can just do everything right over the summer and I'll be ready for the first week of training.

"I've got another year at the club now - I'm settled here and my family are settled in the area so it's nice to get that bit of security. I'm happy to be here and happy to try and get us back into the Championship.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'll always give 110 per cent when I'm wearing the shirt. It's a big season for me next year - I need to be playing and I need to be injury-free, and I'm going to do a lot of work over the summer to make sure that happens."

Edwards' career has seen him play in each of the top five levels of English football, and it was his performances in League One during his time with the Hatters that helped him secure his move to Molineux.

With that experience behind him, Edwards is adamant that Wolves can't go into next season with complacency, and has warned of a tough campaign ahead.

"I've played in every league from the Conference up, so I know what League One is like," he says. "It's a tough league and if people think we're going to turn up to places and win 4 or 5-0, they're wrong.

"It's not going to be like that - it's about going to those tough away grounds and grinding out 1-0 wins, which is what we'll need to do.

"Look at all the teams that get relegated from the Championship - not many of them jump straight back up. It's a very tough league and you can't always play the way you want to play," he continues.

"It's about getting results. I'm aware of that and I'm sure whoever is manager - and whichever new players come in - will be fully aware of it as well."

One of the teams lying in wait for Wolves next season will be Shrewsbury Town, the club at which Edwards began his career and has supported since childhood.

After making over 100 appearances for the Shrews, next season will be the first time that Edwards has come up against his boyhood club, and he admits to having mixed feelings about the fixture.

"I can't say I'm looking forward to it, because Shrewsbury is the club that I've supported all my life," he concedes. "It would be like telling a lifelong Wolves fan that they've got to go out and play against their club.

"But I'm a professional footballer and I've always known it was likely to happen one day. It'll be an interesting day and I'm sure my family and friends will enjoy it.

"Hopefully we can go there and get a good result and both teams will be doing well. More than anything though, I just want to be fit and playing when it comes around."



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