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Scott's Challenge


11:42 10th July 2014

Jackett's praise for impressive defender

Kenny Jackett believes Scott Golbourne will continue to get better and better as he aims to build on an excellent season now back in the Sky Bet Championship.

The athletic left-back dropped down a division to join Wolves from Barnsley last season, but made an immediate return to the second tier after helping the team storm to the League One title.

The challenge now is to maintain the same level of consistency of performance and the Head Coach believes the 26-year-old can do that next season.

“That’s the challenge for all of us this season, to continue that upward curve,” said Jackett.

“Can we impose ourselves and be a good Championship side?

“It’s o-k to say you’ve played in the Championship but can you be a good Championship player? 

“That’s an exciting challenge and it’s there for Scott to continue his progress.

“And it’s one I’m sure he’s relishing, because he has a fantastic attitude, he takes individual responsibility and he works very hard and loves his football.

“The game and the system we play all suit him – he’s a modern-day full-back with attacking qualities and his running and his standard of fitness is unbelievable.

“He really can get up and down the left-hand side.”

Golbourne is now approaching 300 senior career appearances, and Jackett has highlighted the full back as a player who has improved with experience and will continue to do so.

The Head Coach added:  “I’d seen Scott all the way through; I know Steve Perryman and Paul Tisdale at Exeter very well and they kept saying to me, ‘he’s excellent, he’s not going to stay with us, he’s going to progress’.

“So he’s someone I’d had my eye on and with people you know very well, you almost feel you have first-hand knowledge of them.

“Sometimes you need to wait until someone is 22 or 23 until people get that experience, break through and then gain that confidence where they can be that player they think they’re capable of.

“He’s a good example of what can happen. He moved to Reading at 18, 19-years-old and couldn’t get in when were in the Premier League and maybe Nicky Shorey was around the England squad.

“But he’s now stronger, more experienced and he’s very strong in the way we play.

“He also showed ability last season to work at his weaknesses and tried to develop his game.”

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