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10:45 14th December 2013

Jackett assessing targets

Kenny Jackett has revealed that the hunt for permanent additions to the squad in the January transfer window may not spell the end of this season’s recruitment drive.

The Head Coach is gradually stamping his mark on the Wolves squad, with all his signings so far – Samuel Ricketts, Kevin McDonald, Scott Golbourne, James Henry and Michael Jacobs – having made a positive impression.

The latter two arrived at Wolves on loan, which may yet be another option later in the season after the closure of the transfer window.

While Jackett is keen to try and strengthen for the right target next month, he is also aware that there will be further opportunities if required before the end of the campaign.

He said:  “The overall principle of strengthening the team when we need to is ongoing anyway – it doesn’t necessarily just crystallise in the transfer window.

“For those used to being in the Premier League, it does build up to the January window, but for the Championship and below, you feel you’re capable of strengthening the side whenever it needs it, albeit with loans between the windows.

“But that can be a very useful weapon where you can have a look at a player who can go on and do very well for you and have an excellent permanent career.

“So if we’re just looking at January and say we’re only going to strengthen then, I think we’ll keep assessing the team and strengthen as and when we feel we need to.

“If that can be at any time then that will be great.

“We do want to strengthen with players that do make a difference and if it’s possible to do that then better players than come in as a complement to the squad, then that would be ideal.

“But we certainly wouldn’t want to bring players in to block up places for young players where they can gain from that experience.”

While it was revealed yesterday that Wolves are hoping to make James Henry’s loan permanent, Jackett is keen to see more of his other wing ‘loanee’ Michael Jacobs, who arrived later than the Millwall man.

First impressions have certainly been positive.

“It’s a loan to January 2 and there hasn’t been any discussion as yet,” said the Head Coach.

“We’ll see whether we extend it. I’ve been pleased with him and he’s had a bright start but we haven’t made a decision on him yet.

“In the two home games he was excellent and he wasn’t bad at Peterborough but we just couldn’t quite get him into the game at the same level.

“But I feel he’s a very exciting player and at 22, he’s a terrific age and he’s got some good years ahead of him.

“Someone of that age with 160 League games under his belt, I think you’re taking a good player and the timing of it is very good.

“But we’ll see – there hasn’t been any contact and no decision has been made yet on Michael.”

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