Jack Price believes Wolves younger players have enjoyed a fresh crack at the club’s first team since the arrival of Head Coach Kenny Jackett.
Price followed up a brief substitute’s appearance in the first home game against Gillingham and start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Walsall with a first league start in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Sheffield United.
The 20-year-old midfielder slotted in seamlessly and played his part in an improved second half Wolves’ performance, with Jackett highlighting him as his Man of the Match.
“I think it’s a big statement from the gaffer to be giving us a chance to play,” said Price.
“We’re not that young anymore but we haven’t had too much experience but it makes such a difference when everyone realises they have got a chance to play.
“He has told everyone – even the Under 18 lads when they are playing in the Under-21s – that he is very open minded in players and that everyone has a chance to impress.
“He says he is going to be looking out for everyone.
“I know Dave Davis is available again but competition like this is what everyone needs.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place for Saturday but we’ll just have to wait and see.
“I think I’ve proved to myself I can play at this level and so I’ll be ready again to do the same if selected.”
As for the Sheffield United game itself Price admits it was one of the “best days of his life”.
Like the team, he grew into the game the longer it went on and helped Wolves grab control of the midfield after the break alongside Kevin McDonald.
“It was one of the best days of my life to be honest!” he added.
“My family were all there and were really proud of me and it was a really good game and I enjoyed it.
“I was a bit nervous coming out of the tunnel to start with for what was my first league start but once the game starts you forget all that and just concentrate on the game.
“Sometimes you can get so focused that you don’t even think of anyone watching when you’re concentrating on the game.
“It was great for me to get off the bench against Gillingham and then my debut in the JPT game with Walsall but I think any player wants to be involved in league football if they can.
“It’s about contributing to a league season and hopefully in our case a push for promotion.
“In the first half we didn’t really play enough football going forward but our shape was good defensively and that helped pave the way for the second half when we got the ball down and played.
“I think we are far better as a team when we are able to do that and that’s how it proved.
“Personally I felt I also improved in the second half as the team got better and we all got on the ball a bit more.
“When we were getting on the front foot it meant they dropped deeper and couldn’t press us or get as high on us as they did in the first half.
“Then I think maybe they tired a little bit as a result and out fitness was able to shine through.”
As mentioned David Davis will be available again after a one-game suspension for Saturday’s trip to Colchester, handing Jackett a pleasing selection dilemma for the middle of the park.
Price is expected a tough test against the U’s as Wolves look to continue their impressive away record.
“As a team we’ve made a good start to the season with results and have now got another tough game ahead at Colchester,” he said.
“It should be another good game and we’ll be going out to try and get another positive result.”