Kenny Jackett heads into Wolves’ latest friendly at Bohemians tonight expressing confidence in his settled squad.
Whilst still monitoring the transfer market in the hope of adding a fresh face or two before the closure of the transfer window, the Head Coach has been impressed with the way his Sky Bet League One title-winners have picked up from where they left off with their desire and attitude during pre-season.
And that will allow him to be very specific in the transfer market to strengthen the squad.
Jackett says: “I don’t think we are in a desperate need for any particular position - I think the players are in a good place.
“They have come back and fell into a similar type of groove that they left in.
“The (toe) injury to Tommy Rowe is a disappointment because he had made a bright start to pre-season but looking at the timing I don’t think it will take him too long to get up to speed, so with luck he won’t miss much of the season.
“The rest have fallen into a quite a familiar groove and I think this group will be hungry and really looking forward to the season.
“In terms of positions, I don’t think we are looking at somewhere where there is a big hole in the team, for whatever reason. Will we strengthen for the right player at the right price? Yes, we would always try to do that.
“But am I saying, like some managers are: ‘I need to sign three or five before we kick off’? No, I’m not saying that.”
One amongst many to have impressed Jackett is the experienced Kevin Foley.
The Republic of Ireland international may face a battle to gatecrash Wolves’ excellent defence from last season, but has looked sharp and shown his quality so far.
“Kevin had ankle and shoulder problems last year and he had a spell on loan at Blackpool where he did quite well,” added Jackett.
“He has started pre-season o-k, he’s been fine there’s been no problem and in training and in the games he looks confident.
“That’s a good thing and long may it continue, you can never have enough good players. Ideally he’d like to play at right back but it’s a strong position for us. But he is versatile and good enough on the ball to play at left back when needed. He’s got a good attitude, he’s a good professional. I’m sure he’ll want to put his injury problems behind him and look to play his best.”