New Wolves winger Rajiv van La Parra today pledged to help the club continue its upward momentum as he aims to make his mark on English football.
The 23-year-old has completed a medical and agreed a three-year contract to join Wolves when his contract expires with top flight Dutch side Heerenveen, and will report back with the rest of Kenny Jackett’s squad for pre-season later this month.
An Under-21 international with the Netherlands, van La Parra has been monitored by Wolves for the last 18 months, and is delighted to have chosen to join the club.
“I am very happy to sign here and think it is a good step for my career,” he said.
“Wolves is a big club with a big history and it is good for me to come here and try and play a lot of games and to do my best.
“From when I was young I have wanted to play in England so that was an important reason for me to come here.
“I like English football and the way teams play and hopefully it is something that I will fit in to.
“People here live for football and I have that same feeling – I live for football and I want to do my best and hopefully I can show the supporters and everyone at Wolves some good things.
“I know the Championship is a tough league but it is a different experience and a good challenge for me.
“It is a physical challenge where you have to be tough in the duels but after that the aim for all of us is to try and go to the Premier League.
“Wolves is a club that wants to get back to the Premier League and hopefully I can play a role in that.”
Van La Parra believes his is now ready and well suited to trying his luck overseas, having previously played for Caen in France before returning to the Netherlands to play for Heerenveen.
“I moved to France to play for Caen when I was younger,” he says.
“If I’m honest that didn’t go too well.
“But I was young and it was the first time playing in another country so it was a bit difficult.
“I think that experience will help me now I am at Wolves and I am also much older now.
“It will be easier to settle here and I know the language too.
“I’ve had some good years in Heerenveen and last season was a good one for me.
“It was an important season for me because I was out of contract and hopefully my form saw Wolves come in for me.
“I have to continue to do that and take the next step.”
There have been several Dutch players to have turned out for Wolves in recent years, from Dorus De Vries more recently to cult hero John De Wolf back in the mid-1990s.
He admits he didn’t need any specific advice from his compatriots before agreeing the move, but did his homework more along the lines of whether he would be suited to the Championship.
He added: “I know of John De Wolf because he was a big player for Feyenoord and I am a supporter of Feyenoord!
“I haven’t really spoken with people who have played here but certainly with people who know this league and how they see it.
“I ask what they would think if I signed for Wolves and for some information and they always give me good advice.
“I took that advice to make my decision and I am delighted to be here.”