Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme has returned to pre-season training and promptly put pen to paper on a new three-year contract to keep him at Molineux until at least the summer of 2017.
The Birmingham-born 28-year-old has emerged as the club’s first choice gloveman over the last two seasons, not only passing through the century mark of appearances for Wolves but finishing in the top three of both Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year award for 2013/14.
Ikeme was also the last line of defence as Wolves chalked up a club record 25 league clean sheets to underpin the Sky Bet League One title success, a tally which also matched the overall record for the third tier.
Due previously to head into the final 12 months of his previous deal, the successful conclusion of talks to extend his stay means Ikeme is now ready to push on and try and cement his position amid the challenge from Aaron McCarey.
“I’m delighted to have agreed a new deal,” says Ikeme.
“Talks had taken place towards the back end of last season and then over the summer and I’m happy to be back here on the first day of pre-season signing the contract.
“It gives me the opportunity to concentrate purely on my football now with another really important season coming up.
“I’ve been at Wolves for a long time and certainly didn’t want to leave and now I’m very excited about what is going to happen in the future.
“I’ve had to go on loan in previous years to build up my experience but the long-term plan has always been to play here and I’ve been pleased with my performances over last couple of years.
“Now I’m just looking to continue to work hard and continue to improve.
“With the young players coming through it is an exciting time at the club.”
Head Coach Kenny Jackett has been impressed with Ikeme’s consistency over the last 12 months, the keeper having reaped the rewards of a series of loan spells prior to landing his sustained Wolves chance.
Jackett believes he could now be heading into his goalkeeping prime.
“I’m delighted that Carl has committed his future to Wolves,” he said.
“It is a very exciting time for the club and Carl was a key player for us last season and I think will continue to be so.
“He is a very dedicated professional and, as a goalkeeper, is coming into his prime with his best years ahead.
“I’m very pleased that a deal has been done and he has committed his future to the club.”
*More reaction from Carl will follow shortly.