Jack Price today expressed his delight at extending his stay at Wolves and set about “kicking on” and cementing his place in the first team line-up.
Price, who has put pen to paper on the new deal in advance of a potential first appearance against boyhood club Shrewsbury tomorrow, is enjoying an impressive season in the Wolves midfield having been given his chance by Head Coach Kenny Jackett.
The 20-year-old has been with Wolves since first joining the Academy at the age of 7, and is now set to remain until at least the summer of 2016 thanks to the new deal, with a further option in the club’s favour.
“I’m delighted to sign for another few years,” says Price.
“Now I want to kick on this season and next and play as many games as I have this year.
“As soon as the club said they wanted to discuss a new contact I was delighted and my whole family were as well.
“I’ve been here since I was seven.
“I know sometimes people think you need a change but I certainly don’t and I am really enjoying my time here.
“It has been a good season for me so far.
“In the first couple of games it took me a bit of time to get up to the fitness and sharpness side of it and the lungs were going a bit!
“But once I got used to that I managed to settle into the rhythm and pace of the game and when you’re playing alongside the quality we’ve got here that always helps as well.
“Kevin McDonald is great for me to play alongside, we’ve built up a good understanding and he’s also easy to get along with off the pitch as well.
“With my game I want to get the ball down and play and the way the lads are playing at the moment really suits me.”
Kenny Jackett has previously paid tribute to Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell whom, along with Development Coach Steve Weaver, played a key part in Price’s development through the Academy and then Under-21 ranks.
The strong belief from the coaching staff was that Price would eventually make such a positive breakthrough, as he has proved when handed his opportunity this season.
“A lot of players maybe make their debuts a bit younger but I was delighted to get my chance this season,” says Price.
“I have been patient and waited for my opportunity.
“Kenny has been great for me since he came in.
“He’s given me my first team opportunity and a lot of confidence to go out and play my game.
“I think the new young team built by the gaffer has given everyone a fresh start.
“The whole team is fairly new and hopefully the next few years are going to be really exciting for the club and for the fans.
“The team spirit is great and the run we are on can only help that.
“As the gaffer said, the first half at Swindon was probably as good as we have played when we produced some lovely stuff and that suits me down to the ground.
“It was nice to get the record for successive wins but I think we have to forget it pretty quickly because promotion is what everyone is here for this season.
“It is something that would be a nice bonus if we did get promoted.”
A boyhood Shrewsbury fan, Price has plenty of interest in tomorrow’s fixture between the two sides.
An unused substitute when Wolves won a hard-fought contest 1-0 at Greenhous Meadow earlier in the season, he admits he will have to put sentiment to one side tomorrow.
“I was a Shrewsbury fan as a lad and still want the team to do well but having been here this long I think everyone knows how strongly I feel about Wolves as well.
“It is nice timing to sign the contract before the game and I have been looking forward to this one since the fixtures came out.
“I didn’t get off the bench at Shrewsbury but I used to watch them at Gay Meadow as a kid.
“I really hope they stay up but on Saturday if selected I will be doing my best to do for Wolves as we need to get three points to stay on top of the league.”