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Gaffer On Foley And Sako

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13:12 9th July 2014

Defender and winger training well

Kevin Foley could yet force his way into Kenny Jackett’s plans after a promising start to pre-season.

Some niggling injury problems limited Foley’s impact over the first half of last season, but, having been available for offers, he returned to make five appearances on loan with Blackpool towards the end of the campaign.

Back training with the first team squad, the Republic of Ireland international now has the chance to try and add his quality and experience to a defensive department which registered a club record 25 clean sheets in League One last season.

“Kevin has been playing mostly left-back but he is a left back or a right back,” said Jackett.

“There hasn’t been any interest in him but also he has started the pre-season pretty well and has looked fit and in the sessions he’s done o-k.

“So we will assess it and see how we go along. 

“He came on at Preston in the first game of last season and played well at left-back and then obviously had his injury problems but I think he’s good enough on the ball to play either full-back. 

“He’s certainly got the experience. And we also have Dominic Iorfa who generally has been brought up as a centre-back but did play right-back for Shrewsbury last year at times.”

Moving further forward Bakary Sako reported back on Monday having had an extra fortnight off due to appearing in several internationals for Mali over the summer.

Whilst acknowledging there may be more speculation ahead surrounding the winger’s future, Jackett insists the situation hasn’t changed and that he will continue to be a key influence should be remain with Wolves next season.

“Bakary came back on Monday and there are no problems,” he said.

“He played against Croatia and then had a couple of weeks off. 

“He then did his running programme and feels good.

“It will be exactly the same situation now – Bakary is a player who gets linked in the press and we understand that.

“Sako is here, he is a good player who is settled at the club and I think he will play well for us this season.”

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