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Hennessey Feeling Good


12:09 22nd July 2013

Keeper delighted to be back

Wayne Hennessey is targeting a full 90 minutes having emerged from two friendly workouts in good shape and keen to test himself further.

The Wolves keeper has played 45 minutes against both Wrexham and Barnsley in his comeback from a cruciate knee ligament injury, and is keen to build on that and improve his match sharpness in the process.

He said:  “It’s been really nice - it was a pity they scored (on Saturday), but I’ve felt really good and hopefully now I can get some game time.

“I feel perfect, touch wood. I haven’t felt any discomfort whatsoever.

“I’ve told the physios it’s the best I’ve ever felt and I’ve felt really good in the games as well.

“Timing is the massive thing with keepers – but the more games you play, the better that will get.

“I just want more game time now really – I’ve had two lots of 45 minutes now so it would be nice to get a 90 minutes under my belt so we’ll see what happens.”

Hennessey, Carl Ikeme and Aaron McCarey are all fighting for the nod for the first Sky Bet League One game of the season at Preston a week on Saturday, and the Welshman believes he is ready to be in contention.

“I’ve read a couple of articles where the gaffer has said I’m in contention and I feel really good, so hopefully I’ll be in with a shout,” he added.

“We’ve always had good goalkeepers here – Carl is in good form and Aaron is doing well and even though Dorus has gone there is still plenty of good competition.”

Hennessey also believes there are promising times ahead at Molineux, with a mix of the younger players who have been handed their chance in pre-season and a few experienced heads!
He added: “The team has done really well – they were brilliant in Scotland and although Saturday’s game was more of a challenge, they did fine and I’m sure they will be pleased with themselves.

“There are a lot of younger lads who have come in and the atmosphere is great.

“They have all gelled in really quickly and they can’t wait for the season to start so we can push on.

“I’m one of the older ones but Sam Ricketts is holding his head up high as captain – he’s got a good few years on all of us!

“He’s come in and settled in well, and he’s really good with the young lads and he’s got good leadership skills.

“The young lads have fitted in well but they were training with us before so they know a lot about us and they’re really happy.

“We’ve had a lot of managers recently but it’s really good under Kenny.

“He’s settled in well and has made a few decisions and at the moment, everything is running smoothly for us.

“He’s going to give the younger lads a chance and he’s in this league to get out of it and the potential is there, so hopefully we can get promoted.”

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