Jack Price has highlighted the value of the squad mentality if Wolves are to have a successful season, as he set about keeping the pressure on the players in possession.
After an impressive pre-season Price is yet to start in Sky Bet League One this season, acknowledging that the team have kept standards high in winning four and drawing one of their first five fixtures.
Price did come off the bench in the first home match against Gillingham for a debut, and then made his first start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Walsall, playing a key part in Liam McAlinden’s opening goal.
He knows he has to continue to impress in training and then be ready to take his opportunity with every player in line to make a contribution during the season.
“This pre-season has been the first time I have really been involved in the senior set-up and I’ve stayed around it as the season has started,” he says.
“Now it’s a case of waiting to try and make a breakthrough.
“I’m very happy to be where I am and just need to be there and ready if the opportunity comes.
“The gaffer and Joe just tell me to keep working hard and that my chance will come whether it’s next week or a month’s time – I’ve just got to be patient and carry on do what I’m doing.
“It’s a long season and I think the gaffer likes the squad and it will rotate from time to time with the number of games.
“I think it helps that there are a lot of us in there together now and hopefully it’s brought something fresh.
“It feels like it did when we were all together in the Development Squad and the atmosphere is good in the dressing room.
“We may have dropped down a couple of leagues but the Academy is still producing good players and it’s good that we are getting our chances now.
“Everyone is happy and working hard and it’s all looking good so far.
“When the team are winning it is obviously going to be more difficult to get a chance but it’s a team game and whether you’re involved or not the most important thing is Wolves getting results.
“Promotion is the aim for everyone and while we all want to be involved it’s about the team and we will probably all get an opportunity.
“I feel I am ready for this level now and this is my time and it’s up to me to show it.
“I’ve played in the reserves for a few years and have learned a lot from being involved with that and feel now that when I’m called upon I can do a good job.”
Price, just like team-mates including Zeli Ismail and Liam McAlinden, has been at the club for a good number of years having progressed through the Academy to the senior ranks.
As such that first start against the Saddlers was a much cherished moment, but one he is keen to build on and indeed repeat.
“Walsall was my first start and I really enjoyed it,” he confirms.
“On the Monday we did a lot of team shape and it looked good for me to start and then I was delighted to get the chance.
“I was a bit nervous coming out of the tunnel and there was a good crowd there and I think my Mum and Dad were happy!
“I’ve been at the club since I was seven and it’s taken a lot of hard work through the Academy so to get a chance around the first team has been great.
“I was even more pleased to be involved in the first goal slotting the ball through for Doc (Matt Doherty) and then Macca managed to finish off the cross to score on his first start.
“I think all of the young lads did o-k and Doc is still a young lad too despite having had a fair bit of experience.”