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UPDATED 07:14 17th July 2012

Defender Matt Doherty's impressive form in pre-season friendlies for Bohemians against Wolves and Aston Villa went a long way to help earn a move to Wolves in August, 2010.


The full back/centre back caught the eye of Mick McCarthy and the Wolves coaching staff during the friendly played in July and a deal was eventually done with the club which also nurtured Stephen Ward.


Doherty signed a two-year-contract, with a further year in Wolves' favour, to make the move for an undisclosed fee.


Doherty turned out for Belvedere prior to joining Bohemians, and after almost 18 months spent largely playing reserve team football the Wolves friendly was his first appearance for Bohs first team.

Having previously had trials with several English clubs at a younger age, he then combined his football with working for his Dad's carpet and upholstery cleaning business.


Capped by the Republic of Ireland at various junior levels, Doherty went straight into the club's Development squad under coach Steve Weaver.


Having appeared as an unused substitute for four Barclays Premier League games, Doherty made his first team debut in the FA Cup Third Round draw with Doncaster in January, 2011.


Doherty also helped the Republic of Ireland qualify for the 2011 European Under-19 Championships, taking place in Romania in July.

His sustained breakthrough to the senior ranks at Molineux followed successful loan spells with Bury and Hibernian, and while the end of the 2012/13 campaign wasn't a happy time for Wolves, Doherty was one of the few shining lights with his initial impact at Championship level.

He followed that up at the start of the following campaign, only to then suffer an injury, but having played his part in Wolves' League One title success also chalked up 33 appearances back in the Championship in 2014/15. 

The 2015/16 campaign proved to be Doherty's best yet, his form in a more unfamiliar left back role seeing him excel for Wolves and also land his first senior call-up with Ireland.

He also claimed both Fans' and Players' Player of the Year awards, and Goal of the Season for his long-range strike against Fulham.