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Focusing On The Current


11:38 25th July 2013

Jackett's double vision

Kenny Jackett is still keen to add further fresh faces to his squad having signed only new skipper Sam Ricketts so far – but is also committed to getting more out of the players he has inherited at Molineux.

There have been more players leaving than arriving during the Head Coach’s tenure so far, but work goes on with possible incomings as the new Sky Bet League One season looms into view.

Jackett has however given a number of the club’s younger players their first sustained opportunities during pre-season, and sees that as vital to potential success.

“At present as a new head coach I have signed one player but that’s been deliberate because we have younger players here and need to give opportunities to them,” said Jackett.

“That’s been paramount in my mind.

“I’m not concerned at all but I’m saying it as a fact because there are several players here who need a chance.

“Griffiths was loaned out last season to Hibernian and did very well, McAlinden made one appearance, Cassidy was loaned out to Tranmere and came back and made six appearances for Wolves, three of which were from the bench.

“Those three have done well in pre-season and it will be interesting to see how they develop.

“My focus is on these players and making sure they work as hard as possible to overcome the considerable challenges that we’re going to face this season.

“I may have only brought one player in, and everyone else I’ve worked with has already been at the club.

“But perhaps I work in a slightly different way to other managers in that hopefully I can get a lot out of the players here.

“That’s my first task and ambition and then I really want to work on different combinations through the team.”

One particularly difficult – but equally pleasing – selection dilemma comes in the shape of the goalkeeping situation, with Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme and Aaron McCarey all fit and ready for action.

Having been impressed with McCarey during the first few pre-season fixtures, it is the more senior pairing who have figured over the last two games, with Ikeme getting 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Chesterfield.

But Jackett is still mulling over who will get the nod at Preston.

“We are in a situation where we are working Wayne back to fitness after being out for 16 months,” he said.

“His knee has been fine and we are happy with that and we think we have a quality goalkeeper and a big asset for the club.

“I haven’t named anybody as a first choice as yet.

“Carl played well on Tuesday night – he had a good game and made some good saves at the end of the game when there were long balls coming from the halfway line to try and get an equaliser.”

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