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12:14 18th July 2013

Jackett likes "hunger and desire"

Kenny Jackett believes the “hunger and desire” of the club’s young players as they strive to make an impact in League One this season.

The Head Coach’s aim of a revamped Wolves has seen many of the club’s younger talents getting their chance in pre-season, with those who impress likely to be involved when the regular season kicks off in just over a fortnight’s time.

“A homegrown player coming through is always very good,” said Jackett.

“They have to be good enough because we want to be successful.

“But there are many advantages to it, especially at a club like Wolves which is associated with homegrown players.

“That’s the type of club and area that this is.

“There is a pride about it and I’d like to think a hunger and desire from the players to be successful and emulate some of the great players that have been at Wolves and some of the great times.

“And then to a degree you do see it as your club and take maybe a bit more responsibility for it."

Jack Price is among those who have impressed in pre-season so far, and Jackett sees his age – 20 – is far from being too young to nail down a position.

“Jack is 20, so he’s not too young to play,” said Jackett.

“He hasn’t had a lot of experience and I appreciate he hasn’t had a breakthrough yet, so with an open mind he has been one of the ones along with Lee Evans, David Davis, Matt Doherty, Danny Batth, Liam McAlinden, perhaps Leigh Griffiths and Bjorn Sigudarson who are a good age 20-22.

“I think that’s what the club needs. Those guys have done fine.

“That’s the thing coming in fresh – you’ve got an open-mind on people.

“I’ve got an open-mind on some of the younger players now.

“I was looking at the boy Jake Cassidy and did work with him earlier in the week.

“He scored goals for Tranmere at this level.

“With Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Jamie Reckord and Aaron McCarey, there are a lot of good young players here. They are the group I’m looking at.

“Price has impressed me in the short time I’ve been here and it will be interesting to see whether he can hold down a first-team place.”

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