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11:43 14th November 2013

Jackett praises keeping trio

Wayne Hennessey will return to Wolves after his international duty to add further strength to a goalkeeping department which is already showing plenty of strength.

Carl Ikeme has been one of Wolves’ most consistent performers so far this season, with Aaron McCarey pushing him all the way and impressing on his senior debut when the penalty shootout hero in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Walsall.

Hennessey enjoyed a loan spell at Yeovil having been sidelined for over a year with a double cruciate injury, and quickly returned to top form which also saw him regain his international spot and reach the 40 cap mark for Wales.

He is back with Wolves captain Samuel Ricketts in the Welsh squad for Saturday’s friendly with Finland in Cardiff before reporting back to Compton next week.

“The club is in a very strong position for goalkeepers because we also have Aaron McCarey who I rate highly as well so we have three good goalkeepers,” said Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett.

“The fact Wayne has been out on loan and played games is a positive because he’d been out for a long time and he’s been able to play consistently in a really good league.

“He’s played game in, game out and we’ve watched him and he’s continued to improve.

“Yeovil were very impressed with him and pleased with him so there are nothing but positives for him in the last two months.

“Now with him coming back, I don’t think he’ll immediately dislodge Carl Ikeme because Carl has been excellent, and he won’t expect to.

“But in terms of ourselves and our goalkeeping department, it’s a strong one, so it’s good for the club and that’s how I look at it.

“You can never tell what’s going to happen but we just want to be as strong as we possibly can.

“If other positions were as strong as that one, we would definitely be in for a good season.

“Wolves have definitely had good goalkeepers for a few years.”

Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch Wolves will head into Saturday’s trip to Notts County without Kevin Doyle, who is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

But Jackett is confident they have enough firepower in his absence, not least with ten-goal leading scorer Leigh Griffiths and the likes of Bjorn Sigurdarson and Jake Cassidy eager to impress.

He added:  “I thought the addition of Jake Cassidy at Oldham on Saturday was a good one.

“He played very well and that was his best start for us.

“Bjorn also comes into my thoughts, as does Cassidy again.

“I was pleased with Jake on Saturday and I thought he had a good game.”

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