Dave Edwards says Wolves now have a good balance of midfield options for Head Coach Kenny Jackett – as he vowed to continued to be lead by example with the club’s young players.
The 28-year-old midfielder has secured his Molineux future until at least 2016 after signing a new contract, and is now set for an intense battle for places in a midfield department boasting many different qualities.
And he believes that sort of flexibility could be a key factor if Wolves are to enjoy another successful season on returning to the Sky Bet Championship.
“I think that is going to be important,” Edwards confirms.
“The gaffer will know that whatever he needs for a particular game there will be players who can offer different qualities.
“I like to get forward and get in the box but Kev McDonald is someone who likes to get on the ball and dictate play, Jack Price who is such a good passer and Lee Evans who is a bit like me in wanting to move forward and create chances.
“I think we have all got different attributes and while we will all want to be in the team, it is good competition for places.
“We will be very strong in that area and I am sure the gaffer is looking to add to the squad as well.”
Edwards has been highlighted by Jackett as possessing the sort of professional attitude which can crucial if a dressing room is to flourish.
And the Welsh international is happy to continue to set that example if it helps the younger elements within the squad.
“We have got a young squad and I’m enjoying being one of the more experienced players who hopefully some of the younger lads will look up to,” he said.
“I always make sure I carry out my duties as a professional footballer in the right way.
“I make sure my time-keeping is always good and I always work hard and do the right things off the pitch.
“Hopefully the young lads can learn off people like Carl Ikeme, Sam Ricketts and Stears who are really good and experienced pros and you need that at a club.
“Hopefully we can play a role in getting the young lads up to speed.”
All focus now is on the return to pre-season training later this month.
All of the players have been set training programmes over the summer so that while they do get some rest, they will return with a certain level of fitness for the challenges ahead.
“I’m hoping I’ll be coming back for pre-season in good shape!” says Edwards.
“I’ve been managing to do all the stuff at home and then enjoying a couple of weekends where I have been able to eat what I want.
“That has been nice but always leaves you feeling sluggish on a Monday morning so you get out there and have a little run!
“All the boys here are very professional and I am sure they will come back fighting fit.
“If not then Dales (Tony Daley) will have his callipers out taking our body fats and he won’t be very happy!”