Kaspars Gorkks has no fears with fighting to help Wolves avoid relegation as he arrives at Molineux after two successive seasons as a Championship promotion winner.
The 31-year-old defender has joined from Reading on an initial emergency loan until the end of the season after choosing Wolves over other options.
And, despite being involved in promotion campaigns with QPR and Reading at this stage over the last two years, the Latvian international captain is relishing the battle of helping Wolves climb the table.
“I am pleased to be here,” he said.
“I am not sure how long Wolves have been interested in me but it was all a bit hectic in the last days of the transfer window.
“It has been a very hectic couple of days but I’m happy to be here now and looking forward to a new challenge.
“As a player my opinion is you always want to play games.
“Training is one thing but it is all about being involved in the team and playing matches.
“Lately I’ve not been involved too much with Reading so it was a good time for a new opportunity.
“I was lucky enough to have a few options and after talking to the gaffer here I chose to come to Wolves.
“Wolves is a big club and I made my decision after doing some research, speaking to the gaffer and then coming to have a look around.
“Having done all that it became an easy decision.
“I was looking for a new challenge and this is a different one for me now.
“I have been involved in two promotion seasons in the Championship and this is a different challenge but hopefully I can help the team.
“It is one I am relishing and will enjoy.
“I am a player who thrives on a challenge and I have been in this position before when at Queens Park Rangers.
“There are always pressures in football and you just have to keep progressing and keep going forward and that is what I will be doing and trying to help the team to do as well.”
Although Gorkss hasn’t featured at club level too much recently, he has kept himself fit and turned out at international level for Latvia last week.
He will be working hard to put himself forward for inclusion at Derby on Saturday and, looking further ahead, would be keen for a possible permanent switch to Wolves in the future.
“I came in and trained for the first time today so we’ll see how things go,” he said.
“Of course I would like to be involved on Saturday but that is up to the manager.
“I have heard training is quite intense here and will just do my best over the week and see what the manager decides.
“There are 15 games left starting with Derby and I just want to get in the team and see if I can help get some good results starting on Saturday.
“I am here on loan for the rest of the season and if all goes well maybe it will become more than that but we will just have to wait and see.”
Whilst hoping his football does the talking when it comes to his own qualities, Gorkss will also be hoping for a more friendly welcome from the Wolves fans than the last time he played at Molineux.
On that occasion Wolves beat QPR to earn promotion, and Gorkss received a – presumably good natured – ‘present’ from a celebrating fan!
“I’ve played against a lot of the players here and against Wolves including at Molineux a couple of times,” he said.
“Last time was when Wolves got promoted against QPR and I remember being slapped by a fan when everyone invaded the pitch!
“I’ve also played with Carl Ikeme when he was at QPR for a loan spell but I’m sure I’ll be getting to know everyone over the next few days.
“It is always difficult to talk about what yourself and what qualities you think you have!
“I am sure Wolves have done their research before signing me and hopefully they will get what they expected.”