Dave Edwards is set to reap the rewards of a summer long rehabilitation by being ready to join with the returning Wolves squad for pre-season training next week.
And the Welsh international midfielder is relishing the prospect of working with new Head Coach Kenny Jackett, describing his arrival as a “really good appointment”.
Edwards broke his foot during the game with Bristol City on March 16, ruling him out of the remainder of the season, which came after suffering a hamstring injury against the same opponents at Ashton Gate last December.
With just seven appearances to his name in the calendar year as a result the midfielder, relishing the prospect of being involved in Wolves’ new era, is keen to make up for lost time.
“I have managed to get a couple of weeks away with the family which was great but apart from that I have been here all summer making sure I am right for pre-season,” says Edwards.
“It’s all going to plan so far, touch wood, and I should be ready to start training next week with the rest of the lads.
“It was always going to be tough and go to see if I would be ready to start pre-season but everything has gone well and as long as I don’t have any reaction I should be ok.
“It hasn’t been a problem coming in through the summer.
“You always need a bit of a break and time to switch off but when you haven’t played – as I didn’t for the final six weeks of the season – you can’t wait to get back and get out there.
“I’m now raring to go and can’t wait for the season to start.
“If you’ve played 40 games a season you maybe enjoy a break a little bit more but I’ve enjoyed coming in and getting my work done.
“With the facilities we’ve got here and being able to work with the physios and the fitness coaches it’s been good.
“All the lads have been given fitness regimes to follow and a few have been coming in to do the work here.
“Dave Davis has been in and Bjorn and George Elokobi as well as Wayne and Carl.
“It is nice to see the lads again and we are all able to get our work in but it will all start again with the real pre-season work when everyone is back in next week.”
Edwards admits it’s not the sort of fixture list Wolves would have been keen to have studied given Premier League status just two seasons ago, but the games with former club Shrewsbury will have special significance.
And he remains particularly focused on making an impact at Molineux this season, in particular remaining injury-free.
He added: “It is always exciting to see the new fixtures, who you are starting against, where you are at Christmas and the run-in, and that’s the same even though it’s not in a league we want to be in.
“We have to look at things positively now and hope that we can do a lot better than last season.
“In my case I look for the Shrewsbury games and it’s the 21st of September we go to Greenhous Meadow which will be an exciting one.
“Hopefully I’ll be fit and playing then and we can head there and get a result.”
Edwards continued: “It’s a really big season for me.
“I need to be playing football and hopefully I can do that here under the new boss.
“I know a big part of that is going to be me staying fit and available.
“After my back injury I went about 18 months without I didn’t really pick up anything but then I picked up two last season which were both bad ones.
“The second one with the broken foot is something you can’t do anything about as it was a tackle and those things can happen.
“At 27 I know my body now and know when I might need to take an extra day’s rest and I feel like I live my life well and am settled.
“Hopefully that will all pan out to mean an injury free season.”
And an injury-free season would give Edwards the chance to impress Head Coach Jackett, who arrived at Wolves this summer with an impressive pedigree as well as the desire to formulate a fresh and ambitious squad.
“I am sure the new gaffer will know what he wants to do,” he said.
“I would expect there to be changes in the squad and it probably needs to happen now for the club to move forward.
“He will be looking to build a squad of players who want to be here playing for Wolves and want to get the club into the Championship.
“It is a tough league and it is so important that we have the right group of players here who are wanting to be successful.
“I am sure the new Head Coach will have his ideas and I think it is a really good appointment for the club.
“He has got a very good track record in this league and has also done well in the Championship.
“I am really looking forward to working with him and personally I hope I can stay fit and stay playing and for the team we can go out and have a really good season.”