James Henry is delighted to have sealed a permanent switch to Wolves as he aims for a potential return at Gillingham tonight (7.45pm).
The winger will be assessed today having missed Wednesday’s draw at Tranmere with a groin injury and is keen to get going having now put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract after a successful loan spell.
And he believes he has arrived at Molineux with “exciting times” ahead with the revival under Head Coach Kenny Jackett.
“I’m delighted that the permanent move has gone through,” said the 24-year-old.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Millwall.
“I had a fantastic three years there and made some great friends.
“All of the fans and all of the staff were brilliant to me and I had a great time there.
“It’s a new chapter for me now and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of trying to get Wolves back into the Championship and then progress from there.
“I never had any problem dropping a division - Wolves are such a big club with a great tradition and knowing Kenny and Joe from Millwall also helped in the decision.
“Wolves are looking to go in one direction now and that’s upwards and that is the sort of club I want to be at.”
Henry continued: “I think it is going to be an exciting time here .
“The last couple of years have been disappointing for the club and they have taken their chance to try and rebuild now.
“You can see that everyone is looking to pull in the same direction and want to progress back up the leagues and for what happened before not to happen again.
“In the long term the club want to be back in the Premier League and that is where I would like to be one day if possible.
“It is such a big club and you could see that the other day from the 28,000 crowd against Leyton Orient in League One which is incredible.
“I am really enjoying my time here and am delighted to have signed permanently.”
Henry played himself into some impressive form having arrived on loan, only to then pick up a groin injury in the victory at Notts County.
Then back in action, he didn’t feature at Prenton Park but is hopeful of winning his fitness battle to be in the squad at Priestfield tonight.
He believes once he is back in the team on a regular basis he will be able to rediscover the previous standards which has seen him already net four goals in the short loan spell.
“I wasn’t too far off on Wednesday and hopefully will be o-k for tonight but we’ll have to wait and see,” says Henry.
“I would maybe have been at 75 or 80 per cent but by the Gillingham game hopefully I’ll have a chance of being 100 per cent.
“It’s been good for me here so far and has been a slightly different style of football for me.
“I’ve been able to find the pockets here and get on the ball and try and make things happen which is what I enjoy.
“It has been a good start for me up until the injury I picked up.
“I’m still not back to 100 per cent but almost there and hopefully I can keep getting fitter in the same way as when I first came in.
“Then it took me a couple of games to get to that full match speed and I am sure I can get back there again soon when I am playing.”
Wolves have drawn three of their last four games – winning the other against Crewe – and could lay strong claim to having had good opportunities to win all three of those which ended in stalemate.
And that prompts Henry to suggest that there are only a clinical touch away from embarking on the sort of run which will see them keep pace at the top of Sky Bet League One as the season reaches a crucial phase.
He added: “I think we’ve been playing really well of late – it’s just one of those things where we need to be more clinical as a team and take our chances.
“I am sure that will come and hopefully in one of these games we will be able to score a few goals which is what we are aiming for.
“I think we have definitely got the players here to be able to get good results.
“If we keep playing the way we have I think the recent results will turn for us sooner rather than later.
“We are still in a fantastic position.
“We can’t rest on our laurels and we know we have to keep playing well and cement our position in the top two.
“I am sure it is going to be another difficult game tonight as it was for the boys at Tranmere.
“But I think it’s a game we have got to go and try and win to keep in touch at the top of the table.”