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Sako's Optimism

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09:15 7th May 2014

Winger's delight at successful season

Bakary Sako believes there is no reason that if Wolves continue to work hard they can push themselves into the thick of the battle for a double promotion next season.

The influential winger finished as Wolves’ joint top scorer with 13 goals, not to mention plenty more assists, as the record-breaking team surged to the Sky Bet League One title, restoring the balance having suffered a relegation during his first season at Molineux.

One of only two survivors in Saturday’s starting line-up from that which took to the pitch on the previous season’s final day at Brighton, Sako only has a year remaining on his contract.

Wolves have already said they would monitor any interest in the winger should it materialise from the Barclays Premier League due to Sako’s long-term ambitions to grace the top flight.

But should that not arise this summer, the 27-year-old appears more than ready to continue to give his all and try and get Wolves to enjoy successive promotions.

“It was a special day on Saturday,” says Sako.

“We were already promoted and champions but it was a great final day to lift the trophy and the fans were really happy.

“This time last year we had gone down but now we are so happy to have finished first.

“We have all worked hard to make it a great year and the team spirit has been very good.

“I think a lot of that is down to the gaffer who made that work from when he came in.

“For me I have scored a lot of goals and had a lot of assists and I am very pleased.

“It’s not about me though – it’s all about the team and teamwork and everyone has played a part.

“And I think this team can get better and better.

“In the last few years teams have managed to go back-to-back and get up to the Premier League and there is no reason why we can’t aim for that.

“We know we will have to work very hard to do that but we are ready for the challenge.

“We have played good football this season and the type of attacking football I like.

“It is enjoyable to play in a team like this so it is all good moving into next season.”

*Wolves have confirmed they will not be taking up the year’s option on defender Michael Ihiekwe’s contract. 

The 21-year-old defender has been a professional at Molineux for three years without tasting any first team action until a recent successful loan spell where he finished the season making 13 appearances for Cheltenham Town.

Wolves would like to thank Michael for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.

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