Midfielder on his ten year achievement and excitement for the future
Dave Edwards is hoping to be involved against Leeds tomorrow (3pm), bringing back memories of one of his favourite Wolves goals.
The Welsh international midfielder notched in the last home game with Norwich, making him the first Wolves player since the legendary Steve Bull to have scored in ten successive seasons.
That is a landmark which fills Edwards with much pride, and of those goals, the winner against Leeds at Molineux two years ago is among the highlights.
“The first person to achieve it since Bully? That’s an amazing thing to hear,” says Edwards.
“Well hopefully I can keep following Bully’s stats, with the semi-finals of a major tournament and now this!
“I don’t think I’ll quite get to his goals total!
“Obviously some of those seasons I’ve only scored one or two but to be a part of this club for 10 seasons – and it’ll be nine years in January – and to have played and scored in every single season is something I’m immensely proud of.
“Hopefully it can continue.”
Any goals that stick out?
“There are a couple,” he adds.
“I think every season there’s one you remember fondly but the two that really stick out are the Manchester City goal...we had a good start to that season and then went seven or eight games without a win.
“It was a turning point for us.
“We’d gone 1-0 down and to get the winner against Joe (Hart) as well it was extra special. That was a huge goal for me personally.
“And then the win at Molineux against Leeds...that was a great occasion.
“It was an Easter Monday game, a big crowd and everyone was feeling gutted after we conceded two goals.
“To score in the 88th minute was amazing.
“That was one of the best feelings I’ve had in a Wolves shirt.”
Edwards, who admits he is becoming more reflective as he moves into his thirties, is still hoping there are many more Wolves goals ahead.
His current contract expires at the end of the season, but he is hoping to put in the sort of consistent performances that will secure a new deal.
“When you hear stats you automatically look back and remember as much as you can,” he said.
“It is nice to read stuff because there is stuff that seems so long ago you don’t remember.
“I’ll always be proud of what’s gone on behind me.
“Although it’s been a rollercoaster for me, the club and everyone concerned, I’m even more excited about the future.
“My contract does end at the end of this year but hopefully if I can put in some good performances in the next few months I can earn myself a new deal.
“It’s a club I would like to stay at and hopefully create a lot more memories.
“I’m just concentrating on playing and hopefully I can be involved in winning some games and scoring some goals and that’ll put me in a better position if negotiations do come around, and I can be in a better position for myself personally.
“I’m 30 years old - I think at times people think I’m 35 because I’ve been here so long.
“But there’s still a lot of football in me yet and hopefully I can get what I feel I deserve.”
Edwards remains as determined as ever to bring success both to Wolves and to Wales, on the back of making three appearances in this summer’s European Championships.
“At club level I want another shot at the Premier League” he says of his future ambitions.
“I really think the club will get there, whether it be this season, next year or the year after, in that window.
“What what’s going on upstairs I think it’s going to happen and hopefully I can be here when it does.
“To get some more games in the Premier League would be amazing for me personally and I’ll work my socks off to try and get there.
“Hopefully we can get on a run this year and give it a real push.
“Internationally I would love to play at a World Cup.
“If you’d asked me five years ago I’d never have thought it could happen, but now we’re in a position and a group which is very tight, but everyone’s ambition is to play at the World Cup, so to qualify and make the squad is a huge ambition of mine.”
Although it’s been a rollercoaster for me, the club and everyone concerned, I’m even more excited about the future