Michael Jacobs has welcomed the intense competition for places amid Wolves’ attacking forces as he aims to prove himself on the Sky Bet Championship stage.
Jacobs is one of several players who dropped a division to join Wolves last season and then played a part in it being only a temporary absence by helping the team to the League One title.
He is keen to keep standards high next season, and is well aware that any drop will see his place under threat not least with Rajiv van La Parra added to Kenny Jackett’s wing options.
“I always think when you look at the standard of the boys in the squad we are in a good position,” says Jacobs.
“There are the younger lads coming through and then those like Stears, Dave Edwards and Sam who have done well before in the Championship as well as playing in the Premier League.
“I think there is a good balance in the squad, helped by the two new boys as well.
“If we can get off to a good start, and touch wood not get any more injuries, and perhaps with a couple more signings we might be able to give it a right old go.
“The gaffer has said he was only going to add gradually to the squad and is going to show faith in the players that got us up from League One and that’s nice to hear.
“I am sure any changes he does make will only be of benefit to help the squad and give us something he feels we don’t already have.
“Although he’s going to be out for a few weeks, we know that Tommy Rowe is a good player who is also bringing in some more leadership and Rajiv has come in to give us another attacking option.
“Competition is always a good thing to have, especially in this league we are going into.
“We have probably got four senior players who can play on the wings now and that is a good option to have for the gaffer.
“Hopefully we can all show that it is a strong area for us and it’s helped by having that versatility in that we can play on different sides and offer a good balance.”
Jacobs and Wolves will continue their preparations for the new campaign away at Bohemians tonight (7.45pm).
There are five remaining friendlies before the big kick-off, and a season which Jacobs is very much looking forward to.
“When you see the fixtures come out it’s a big thing and you look at our first few fixtures and they look tough,” he added.
“But they are also games to look forward to and just makes you that little bit more excited to know what is to come.
“We’ve got the three relegated teams within the first five games so will be a good test of what we can do and what we have to offer.
“Those games will really show us where we are at because while we did well last year this is a step-up.
“When you look at the teams going into the league and those coming down from the Premier League I think it certainly looks again like one of the most competitive leagues that there can be.
“It’s going to be a good and exciting season and those first five games will give us a good idea of how we are going to do.
“I look for Derby of course and it will be nice to go back to a place where I’ve got a lot of old friends.
“There’s something for me to prove this season by going back into a division where I played but didn’t get the opportunity to play a regular number of games.
“I was in and out of the team at that stage which can happen but I’ve now got a massive opportunity to play for another big club in the Championship.
“If I can get a good pre-season behind me then hopefully I can go on and prove I am good enough to play in the Championship.”