A Pleasing End

Midfielder hopeful of positive future

George Saville is hoping some positivity and new arrivals over the summer can help Wolves look towards a better season in the Sky Bet Championship next time out.

The 22-year-old who suffered an injury during pre-season before a successful loan spell at Millwall, has made his first sustained Wolves impact with 19 appearances since returning in the New Year, and chipping in with five goals from midfield to make him the second joint top scorer still on the club’s books.

Saville acknowledges the season hasn’t gone as well as anyone at Wolves either anticipated or hoped, but believes there is plenty of potential to improve.

“It has been a very difficult season for everyone – fans, players, staff,” he said.

“Maybe the balance wasn’t quite right and we have missed some speed in attack going forward and we have lost a lot of goals in Nouha, Sako and then Afobe.

“We stuck in there and there was an enjoyable finish on Saturday.

“Now there will maybe be a few signings and we will get the morale up and look forward to next season when hopefully we can hit the ground running.

“We can stay positive, have a rest now and come back strongly to go again and who knows what will happen.

“We have got a lot of very good young players who are maybe 23 or below and hopefully over these next couple of years – particularly next season – we can push on.

“You always need that bit of experience in the team to keep things going through a season but I think there is potential here and I am looking forward to the future.

“For me I am happy with how things have gone since I came back from the loan at Millwall.

“I think I have been involved in every game and have scored five goals as well which I am delighted with.

“At times I have played in a different position and we have changed the formation as we looked for the right balance, and on a personal note I am very happy.”

Saville’s fifth goal of the season was what proved to be the crucial one in the final game of the campaign against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

It was a much-changed Owls side as they prepare for the Championship play-offs, but Saville feels it was important Wolves finished with three points.

“We didn’t want to finish on a low and so it was nice to get the win” he said.

“There was a big crowd and a lot here from Sheffield Wednesday as well.

“The last five minutes were a bit shaky but we got over the line and it was a good win.

“There was a bit of a weird feel to the game with it being the last one of the season and not much to play for in terms of either side.

“They are already in the play-offs and made a lot of changes.

“But we were professional and put in a good performance and it was nice to get the three points.

“The early goal was massive – after the four nil-nil draws it home to get in front so quickly helped change the atmosphere around the ground.

“The atmosphere was really good and probably the best I have seen it here this season.

“It was a really enjoyable day and nice to get a goal.”

We can stay positive, have a rest now and come back strongly to go again.
George Saville