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Wolves Request Craddock Testimonial

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12:15 26th April 2013

Jody to make half time appearance

Wolves have lodged a formal request with the Football League to award Jody Craddock a testimonial.

 

The 37-year-old defender has now chalked up ten years’ service after extending his contract last summer as a potential back-up for the squad if required.

 

This step was also taken in the knowledge that Jody would also take on more of an ambassadorial role, and he has remained involved in the Club’s community activities including fronting the Academy’s visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital at Christmas.

 

Jody and wife Shelley have also been occupied over the last year by son Toby’s battle with leukaemia.

 

Toby, now three-and-a-half, is making good progress having come through the intensive period of treatment and is now on a maintenance programme of care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

 

Wolves fans have helped in Jody’s fundraising efforts for the hospital, as well as raising further money by their own efforts.

 

Wolves’ CEO Jez Moxey said:  “As we mentioned when Jody signed his new contract last summer, the intention was always that we would apply for the testimonial on his behalf to mark ten years’ loyal service to Wolves.

 

“We are now pleased to be taking the next step in that process, and look forward to Jody enjoying a successful year of testimonial events.

 

“To remain at one club for ten years has become relatively rare in the modern game, and Jody’s commitment and professionalism throughout his time at Wolves make him fully deserving of this accolade.”

 

Jody and Toby will make an appearance pitchside during half time of Saturday’s game with Burnley to allow fans to thank the defender for his ten years’ service.

 

It is expected that a proportion of the proceeds from Jody’s testimonial will be donated to charity.

 

Jody said:   “I am delighted to hear that the club has confirmed that they have applied for the testimonial.

 

“Everyone knows how much the club means to me – I loved every minute of my playing career and loved playing in front of the Wolves fans.

 

“Once we get the go-ahead we will be able to put on a match and other events that fans will enjoy.

 

“I have watched pretty much all of the home games this season and just hope the lads can do the business in the last two games to stay in the Championship and then hopefully push on next season.

 

“It will be good to get out there on the pitch with Toby during half time of Saturday’s match.

 

“Once again I cannot thank the Wolves fans enough for the way they have supported him and all of us since he was diagnosed a year ago,  and we are delighted to say he is doing really well.”

 

 

 

 

 

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