Skipper Samuel Ricketts savoured the moment of lifting a trophy at the end of his first Wolves season and admitted: “It’s something you dream of as a kid.”
Ricketts, a key influence this season both on and off the pitch, notched his second goal in successive home games as Wolves rounded off a record-breaking season in style courtesy of yesterday’s 3-0 victory against Carlisle United.
He then lifted the Sky Bet League One trophy and joined a lap of honour in front of nearly 30,000 which providing a fitting finale to a superb Wolves season.
“As a kid you watch cup finals and see people lift trophies and you aim to do it,” he said.
“The last time I did that was probably in the Under 10s or Under-11s.
“You work all your career for days like this - it’s my third promotion and they don’t come along very often so you make sure you enjoy it when they do.
“But next year we have still got a job to do!
“I’ve been asked the last time I scored in successive games and that was probably just up the road when I was at Telford.
“The most important thing was putting on a decent performance and finishing the season well and we have also broken the points record and equalled the clean sheets record as well.
“The only way to be in football is to set yourself both short term and long term goals.
“We kept setting short team goals and striving to achieve the long term ones.
“The reason why a lot of us came here was for days like Saturday – to get back into the Championship – and so the initial response is that part one is done.
“But we’re not saying that is it.
“We want to continue to improve and to get better and see where it takes us.”
Ricketts believes the success of Wolves season, in which they chalked up 103 points and lost only five games, was very much down a team effort on and off the pitch.
“We tried to re-engage the club together this season and you can see the momentum we have picked up from Christmas onwards,” he explains.
“The fans have been superb since the first game of the season and there is a whole club ethic that has played a part.
“That’s right from the top down with Steve Morgan and his continued backing into
things you might not necessarily see on a Saturday, like the Academy which takes a lot of investment into the set-up.
“You can see down the years the investment he has put in with the amount of lads coming through to the first team squad and that is testament to everyone running the club.
“What we have done is get everyone on the same page and pulling in the same direction and when you get that it can take some stopping.
“Wolves in the Championship last time was before my time and I am more concerned with this new era.
“We have got a bright future and a huge amount of promising young talent.
“The gaffer will want to strengthen in certain areas and you always want to bring in a couple of players to keep the evolution going.
“But we have got a great basis for the club to push on now.”
Perhaps most credit from Ricketts is reserved for the man who made him his first signing since checking in as Wolves Head Coach – Kenny Jackett.
The Wolves’ skipper believes Jackett’s managerial exploits previously have not perhaps received the credit they deserved.
“I am not surprised the gaffer has done such a good job here,” he says.
“He was the reason I came here.
“I knew the club would be successful under him and he hasn’t let us down.
“I spoke about how highly I regarded him at the start of the season.
“I hadn’t worked with him for eight years or so but he has surpassed the expectations I had in him this season.
“I think he has gone hugely unnoticed and not got the recognition he has deserved before coming here.
“I think this season has highlighted or shown to a lot more people what a great gaffer he is – and confirmed what I already knew.”