Björn Sigurdarson is hoping to be back in action for Wolves on Saturday after a minor hamstring problem – to build up his match sharpness ahead of an “exciting” season.
The Icelandic striker sat our Tuesday night’s win at Wrexham with the injury but was poised to return to training today to be in contention for Saturday’s next friendly at Barnsley (3pm).
And he is keen to build up his match practice ahead of the new campaign, which he feels positive about and far different to this time last year.
“I’ve just got a sore glute which meant I couldn’t play at Wrexham but I should be training again today hopefully,” says Sigurdarson.
“There is no point taking a risk at this stage of pre-season for a friendly game.
“But I do need to build up some match time so hopefully I will be right for Saturday.
“I have been here for a year now so am more used to the football and to the training.
“It feels like it is going to be a lot better season from the way pre-season has gone.
“We didn’t want to be in League One and I think it could be even more tough than the Championship.
“But I am looking forward and feel confident we are going to have a good season.
“There are some new fresh faces in the squad and I think that is exactly what we needed.
“The young players who have come up want to show what they can do and are motivated to be successful for the club.”
Sigurdarson enjoyed last week’s training camp, which got off to a goalscoring start for him personally as he smashed home the first of Kenny Jackett’s Wolves reign.
Although the weather did carry its own challenges for a player not quite used to such a tropical climate!
“I enjoyed the week in Scotland,” he said.
“It was really nice weather and very hot – maybe even too nice for a man from Iceland!
“But it was good for the guys to get away together for the week.
“The games and the training were good and I did feel a bit tired at the end of it which shows it is working.
“Everything feels like it is going in the right way.
“I managed to score against East Fife and then myself and Leigh (Griffiths) had more chances against Livingston.
“These games are all about building up match fitness and sharpness and we will hopefully score those chances when the season comes around.”
And, once fully fit, the 22-year-old can’t wait to get started with the League One opener against Preston drawing ever closer.
“I was not expecting the pre-season to go this fast!” he admits.
“Now it’s just over a couple of weeks until it all starts again.
“But I am really excited and ready to go!”