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The Keepers' Battle

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12:02 27th June 2013

Jackett and Mountain assess competition

 

Head Coach Kenny Jackett expects some movement in Wolves’ goalkeeping department during pre-season given the quality of the four glovemen currently on the books.

With Wayne Hennessey fit again, he has joined Carl Ikeme, Dorus De Vries and Aaron McCarey in training with coach Pat Mountain.

The three most senior keepers have all appeared in the Barclays Premier League, while McCarey impressed in League One with Walsall last season and recently landed his first senior Republic of Ireland call-up.

“All the keepers are here working, as they were at the back end of last week as well, working with the goalkeeper coach,” said Jackett.

“Can we keep all four happy? It’s not going to happen – there’s no way that’s going to be the case.

“There’s some competition which is good for me but also on a personal level, for Aaron to get called up by the full Irish squad is a good thing for him and the club.

“And going with my old Millwall goalkeeper David Forde, he has enjoyed that experience, as well as having the experience of playing in League One last season with Walsall.

“It’s been a good, positive period for him on a personal level.”

All four keepers are continuing to be put through their paces by Mountain, along with the younger professionals Aljaz Cotman and Jon Flatt.

“Wayne and Carl have both been training over the summer, Wayne in particular to try and get himself right, and I was back in for the last couple of weeks,” added Mountain.

“Before Wayne could get out on the grass again he had to get fit and right and make sure his knee was strong enough

“The surgeon had to be happy and the specialist had to be happy and now Wayne’s body strength is actually a lot stronger than it was before because of all the work he has done.

“Carl has also now fully recovered from his hand injury – he’s not had the severity of Wayne’s injury but is back flinging himself around without any reaction.

“Dorus is back in this week working hard and Aaron as well, who went away with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s and then had a few days in New York with the senior squad for a friendly.

“We’ve also got the two Under-21 lads with us as well and while they all join in with the outfield players during the fitness work there is also a lot of goalkeeping-specific work as well.

“It’s all about getting all the goalkeepers fit and ready so that the Head Coach then has a difficult decision to make.

“It’s about how the lads respond to the challenge as well but they are all used to it – they know there is only one shirt and there can often be two, three or even four vying for that shirt.

“They all support each other and push each other on which is always a really good quality to have among a group of goalkeepers.”

 

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