Striker Björn Sigurdarson believes he is on the road to improvement in his bid to adapt to life in the Championship – and has revealed he is relishing the “hits” taken in such a physical division.
The Icelandic striker was left with both mild concussion following an aerial challenge against Brighton on Saturday, and a sore knee the result of a late challenge from Lewis Dunk in the build-up to Wolves’ second goal.
But he insists he is relishing the hustle and bustle of England’s second tier, despite it being far different to his previous stint with Lillestrom in the Norwegian League.
“I got a bit of concussion against Brighton after taking a whack above my eye,” says Sigurdarson.
“And then a sore knee when I was fouled in the build up to the second goal
“I don’t mind the physical stuff.
“It is a bit different to Norway where it is not as physical as not as much hard tackling.
“But I kind of like it!
“When you take the hits it feels you have really been involved in the game.”
Sigurdarson has made 13 appearances so far for Wolves, 11 in the npower Championship of which nine have come from the substitutes’ bench.
Always touted as a signing with potential, the 21-year-old suffered a couple of niggling injuries in his early weeks at the club and is perhaps only now starting to feel he is getting up to the pace and speed of the games.
“The last few weeks I have been quite happy about the games I have played,” says Sigurdarson.
“To get some more minutes has been great and I feel better for it.
“It was a bit hard for me in the beginning but now I have got to know the guys and the training and the matches.
“I think it is only going to go upwards from now on.
“At the beginning I felt I needed more running power and so on but now I feel I am getting there.
“I feel I am now in good shape and with getting these minutes have adapted to what is needed.
“It is only with playing that you can really adjust to the pace of the game.
“I am really enjoying it now and getting into a shape that I’ve never been in before.”
Sigurdarson’s neat finish at Peterborough in September remains his only Wolves goal to date, but he is hopeful for more to follow, to correspond with his continuing development.
“I hope there is much more to come from me,” he says.
“We have good strikers here and I just want to do my best and get more games if I can.
“There are a lot of games in this league but there’s no problem with that – it is fun!
“I’d also like to get some more goals following the one against Peterborough.
“Watford is another tough game on Saturday and I just want to be involved if I can.”