Despite bursting onto the senior scene against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, life in League One holds no fears for Anthony Forde as he aims to step up his Wolves career next season.
And the Irish winger has already done some homework at that level having spent the closing stages of last season with Scunthorpe United.
Scunthorpe unfortunately suffered relegation to League Two, but Forde believes Wolves will be operating at the other end of the table next season.
“It has to be a case of aiming for better times ahead for me and for Wolves,” says Forde, ahead of tomorrow’s next friendly at Barnsley (3pm).
“It is still the start of my career and it was brilliant to be involved in the Premier League but crazy to think we’ve now dropped two divisions one after the other.
“It is hard to believe it has got that bad but it has happened and it is up to us now to make sure it is good times from here onwards.
“I want to play for Wolves, and help them be successful in League One.
“Every game I played in the Premier League was a brilliant experience but now I want to get a run of games and show what I can do and help us have a successful season.
“I went to Scunthorpe when they were down towards the bottom of League One and that was a good and important experience for me.
“At time I wasn’t playing at Wolves and I needed to get some first team experience.
“I am happy now I’ve got those games under my belt particularly as it was in League One which is where we are now.
“It’s a tough league with very different styles in there.
“There are teams who play the long ball more but also teams who play football and you need to adapt.
“The gaffer has been there before and has massive experience in there which will be important.”
And Forde has been impressed with the new gaffer – Head Coach Kenny Jackett – believing he has added to the normal fresh start of returning for pre-season and is direct and to-the-point in getting his message across.
There has been plenty of attention to detail in Jackett’s views and tactical work, while his aims to give young players like Forde the chance to impress has added to the motivation levels.
“I’m feeling in good shape since coming back and training has been good,” adds Forde.
“It’s always different when you get a new gaffer in and we’ve all enjoyed it so far.
“It’s great when you hear him say he wants to give young players an opportunity and we are all trying our best in training and the games to impress.
“He gets his message across to us and tells it like it is and that is always good for a player.
“The gaffer has been going through everything during pre-season showing what he wants from us and going through different formations.
“He has been assessing the players and what we can do and where we are best.
“He has been talking about wingers and getting crosses in and that is something for us to work on when we are out there on the pitch.”
Forde continues: “It’s going to be interesting to see how we develop from here.
“We’ve had a few managers over the last year or two and it’s always different when a new gaffer comes in.
“When you have your summer break you are always looking forward to coming back and a fresh start and that is how it has been this pre-season.
“After the disappointment of back to back relegations it is a big season for us now but we are looking forward to it and aiming to be successful.”
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