Karl Henry today thanked the Wolves fans for their support during his seven years at Molineux, and wished the club every success in the future.
The Wolverhampton-born midfielder, who captained Wolves to the Championship title and then three years in the Premier League, was made available for transfer at the start of pre-season as Head Coach Kenny Jackett set about revamping the squad ahead of the new campaign in Sky Bet League One.
Henry joined Queen’s Park Rangers earlier this week, as part of Harry Redknapp’s bid to take them into the Premier League, but leaves Wolves with many fond memories having first pitched up with just his boots for a pre-season friendly against Aston Villa back in 2006.
“It has been a pleasure playing for my hometown club for seven years,” he said.
“Five of those were good years, but the last two obviously not so great.
“To have a promotion and then three years in the Premier League was fantastic and a great experience.
“To have captained the club for a lot of that time made it even more special and a real privilege and honour.
“It was sad for me to leave the club and to leave the place and there are a lot of good people working there who I am going to miss.
“That includes the players, some of whom I have played with for a long time, and members of staff of which there are far too many to mention.
“I would like to thank the fans who have supported me during my time at Wolves.
“And I would also like to say I am genuinely sorry for what has happened over the last two years and for the part I have played in that as well.
“I am bitterly disappointed with the way the last two years have gone and it is not the way I would have liked it to have ended, either for myself or the club.
“But I hope the fans can also remember the good times during my time including the promotion and the three years we had in the Premier League.
“I just want to wish everybody at the club all the best for the future.”
Henry is also confident that Jackett’s Wolves are handily placed for a successful season in League One, particularly given the arrival of Sam Ricketts as skipper and the young talent now coming to the fore.
“I would also like to wish Kenny Jackett and all the players the best of luck for the season,” he added.
“I am confident that they are going to be able to get straight back into the Championship.
“There are some good players in the dressing room and particularly some really good young players like David Davis and Danny Batth who can play key parts this season and in the future.
“There are also the new lads coming through like Jack Price, Lee Evans and Zeli Ismail who are good players.
“Sam Ricketts is a top man as well.
“I’ve met him a few times before he came to Wolves and he’s a really good guy and I am sure he will do a great job as captain.”
Now though Henry’s interest in Wolves will be from afar, as he looks ahead to a new era at Loftus Road.
“For me I’m now looking forward to the next chapter in my career and my life for me and my family,” he added.
“Joining QPR is a good move for me.
“They are looking to try and get back into the Premier League and my aim now is to play a part in that.”