Jones rewarded with new Wolves deal

Wolves midfielder David Jones has been rewarded for his sparkling form with a new contract at Molineux.

Wolves midfielder David Jones has been rewarded for his sparkling form with a new contract at Molineux.

The 25-year-old playmaker, who has 15 months left on his current three-year deal, becomes the third player in a week to be promised a new deal by boss Mick McCarthy after goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and centre-back Jody Craddock.

The manager said: “Yes, David another we have offered a new contract to."

Jones, a £1million signing from Derby in June 2008, has played the last eight league games and been one of the key players in the 4-5-1 formation that has helped steady Wolves’ performances.

The offer completes a remarkable turnaround for the former Manchester United reserve, who spent the first half of the season out with a knee injury that required two operations and then found himself unable to get into the team with Nenad Milijas preferred in the middle of the park.

But Jones, who was Man of the Match in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Villa, is now keeping the £2.6million Serbia international on the bench.

McCarthy said: “David had to get into the team and play and he’s done it. He was injured and getting over his knee injury so we had to protect him.

“But we all know of his ability, his technical ability isn’t in question.”

The weekend draw, along with last gasp defeats for Burnley and Hull at Wigan and Portsmouth respectively, has left Wolves four points clear of the drop zone on 28 points with eight games left as well as climbing above tomorrow’s opponents West Ham, who lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Saturday.

But McCarthy insisted the fight for safety continues.

He said: “We’re not safe. We’ve got to go to West Ham and try to get something. If we do, great. We’ll just keep picking up points and see what we end up with.”

McCarthy has been delighted to name an unchanged team for the last six league games.

He said: “It helps to name an unchanged team. That luxury wasn’t available to me earlier in the season. For example David Jones was injured up until Christmas.

“It was injuries that caused changes as we had players missing. We’ve worked on it and got a system and Kevin Doyle has been terrific up front on his own.

“It’s also helped that we’re now getting results.”

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Comments for: "Jones rewarded with new Wolves deal"


David Jones has been excellent since his return to the team. I'll give him that. And rightly deserves his new contract along with Craddock.

I hope this is a sign of Mick keeping these players in the squad for next year's Premiership season and getting rid of the 'dead wood' and there certainly is a lot of that at the moment.

We need to move to the next level, though. It's all good dishing out new contracts to the old guys to say thanks for keeping us up, but we need quality players. WE NEED TO SPEND BIG.


good he deserves one

he has been fantasic since he has come in

offer berra, jarvo, ward and foley a new contract


David Jones deserves a new contract, he has played well since he got his place.

Nenad Milijas will struggle to get back in the team!



St. Louis Wolf

Well done David and great performance/result on Saturday; who cares who and how we scored, it’s more daylight between us and the bottom three. Another three points on Tuesday would see us seven points above the drop zone (our largest gap of the season) with only seven games to play. Barring any heroics from Burnley and Hull we should be able to breathe a little easier.

I see that Zola pulled “a McCarthy” by resting Scott Parker and Carlton Cole (but for the last 15 mins) against Arsenal. Three points would be great but One would be welcome against a hammers side whose league position really doesn’t do them justice.

It was interesting watching the game on Saturday. Every good Villa attack was aimed down the left at Zubar (they obviously targeted him as the weak spot), also Ward is out of his depth in the PL. Until we fix the defense we’ll have to keep playing five in midfield as cover and as long as we forfeit a striker to cover defense we’ll struggle to score goals with only one striker. Start doing some scouting for next season Mick. UTW

Moxey's great

David Jones is the most under-rated player in the team.

Great stuff.


Well done david great perfomance yet again on saturday unlucky to come away with a point we deserved 3.Now bring on west ham.

John De Wolf

Jonah's got great technical ability and vision. He always spots a killer pass and retains possession well.

I think it was no coincidence we played our best football in the 1st half of last season when he was in the team. He lost his place during our poor run and it was only after he was reintroduced, we started to play and pick up results again. There are parallels again with this season.

He's definitely one of Mick's best signings and generally underrated, at least now he's getting the recognition he deserves.

I do feel the team can accommodate him and Milijas though. Milijas plays the holding role for Serbia and I feel he could not only break up play in that position for us but he would also use the ball intelligently, the latter is something Henry can't quite master.

Milijas, Jones and Guedioura would be my preferred midfield triangle.


David Jones is without doubt one of the successes of the season, and had another fine performance on Saturday. Fully deserves to be rewarded with improved contract.

Lets hope we get something from tomorrows game at West Ham.


David is completely deserving of his new contract. An unsung hero and one of our success stories of the season.

Well done mate! UTW


1) On Saturday Young had a decent game but Downing was awful. Likewise Milner was poor and Petrov was close to getting sent off. This is testament to how the whole team performed.

West Ham is a game that we can get something out of but both tomorrow and Saturday are tough but winnable games.

What you have to take into consideration is that Wolves have had to perform without Kightly nearly all season and Edwards for half the season. Both of these players would have made a big difference. It's just a pity that Ebanks-Blake has not been up to the mark so far!

I am predicting that the bottom 3 will remain the bottom 3!


Well done to Dave Jones, ive never been i big admirer of him. But give credit were its due since he came back into the team he's been outstanding and clearly deserved his m.o.m award, he's showing without doubt the best form in a Wolves shirt. he links up very well with Henry / Jarvis and Doyle. he's always had a good touch and a good passer of the ball, but he seems to have added more bite/strength to his game. It was a very good performance v Villa shame to drop the two points, but I would have taken 1pt before the ko, i said i would settle for 5 out of 9 before the Burnley game and still will.GOOD LUCK TOMORROW LADS. UTW

N1 Wolf

Craddock a new deal???!! Yeah he has been solid but I would be very nervous if he was starting again next year. We have to improve the side for me we need to be getting to centre halves at least one with pace, a top level left back, another forward who can play with Doyler and score goals and a dominant centre mid and thats just to start

Eastwood's Rubbish

Dave Jones has been the main man behind the recent run of form, he's a great playmaker, he gets his foot in when necessary and he can open things up with his shooting and free kicks. Sign up Jonah, we need you.

St Louis Wolf (4) West Ham are NOT in a false position, they are where they are because they have varied between average and awful this season. Why is it the football world gets lulled into this West-Ham-School-Of-Football nonsense?

I've probably given tuesday night the kiss of death now, but these bubble blowers owe us big time for getting the game postponed because of ice and snow. They obviously didn't see thousands of Wolves supporters doing a Torville and Dean outside Wolverhampton University, at the home fixtures this winter!!

Note, Zola will be the next Prem manager to lose his head. Sullivan's already sharpened the axe !


Well done DJ, well deserved. You're an example to anyone currently out of the team.

Hard working, professional & top notch performances with a bit of class.

Well done mate, please stay fit!

Pelsall Wolf

No 7 - Mr De Wolf, agree with you entirely, mainly because I've said what you say in your second paragraph before. There's no doubt that we turned the corner last season when Jones came back in. His midfield play at the start of the season also tended to be overlooked because of all the goals being scored (that he helped to set up).

I also think you've got a good point about the rest of the midfield. Guedioura has turned out to be an excellent signing and it would sertainly be interesting to see the three you suggest play.


McCarthy said that "“It helps to name an unchanged team."

Fans were wearing their fingers out writing just that until recently! At last he has listened and we are starting to play like survivors. Why not 4 months earlier before the injuries?


Chuffed for you David. Well Done Keep up the good wor. We are going to do this. Good luck for tomorrow night.


You were unlucky on Saturday, the goals were to say the least, fortunate, but they all count and we would all take them wouldnt we, still you did deserve all three points.

No excuses, on the day we werent good enough, Wolves were the better team.

Good luck with your fight for premiership status, I hope you make it.


eastwoods rubbish

jones is ok for championship but not good enough for premier, and you say zola is next for the sack lets hope west ham come in for thick mick so we can get a good manager in like coppel.


No questioning the lad,s technical ability,just lacks that exrta yard of pace to become a top Premiership player.

If he had that,know doubt hed still be at Man Utd.

carl wolves

no 7, agreed with all you say about jones especially in relation to last season until you get to the bit about milijas playing instead of henry. When are us wolves fans finally going to start appreciating what henry does for us in allowing the other midfielders to play? I tell you now if we were to go down god forbid, there would be no shortage of takers for henry for at least between 3 and 5m.


Thanks Oldburyite (18). I would have been happy with a point before we kicked off and on the balance of play still happy that we managed to hang on in there! Of course it is disappointing to have not taken 3 points that were well within our grasp (alike the everton and blues games too) but we shouldn't bemoan our luck, we too have netted a couple of offsiders this year so things usually level themselves out over the course of the season!

All the best and up the wolves!!!


I thought Zola was wise to rest some players against Arsenal, but having gone down to 10 men in the first half, bet you he wished he had gone for it now. Still, his front man and mindfield will be fresh. Hard game for Wolves but athletes should be able to play 2 games in 3 days I suppose. Anyhow, I feel optimistic about staying up after some brave performances. The only way to grind out these results is by hassling the opposition when they are in possession. Dont let them play. Its working well by crowding that midfield.


Well done jones you deserve it, as for spending big (wolvesmod) yeh ok and end up doing a portsmouth!

The 3Ms are doing a good job, we should let them get on with it.

We are Wolves...............


no 2 get real offer ward and berra new contracts you mad the pair of em are not up to the standard that we require

spanish ray

Well done DJ,you deserve it.I still think Milijas should be fitted in,perhaps in a similar role he plays for his country.The problem is we don`t have a manager who is very good tactically do we?Maybe next year under a new and competent manager,such as Avram Grant,we will have a better season but,it must be nder a new Manager Mr.Morgan andnot under this idiot.Some deadwood to get rid of and some big spending to do Mr.Morgan,but I think you already know that.The fans don`t deserve another season worrying about the big drop again.Best of luck tomorrow lads,the same committment and we can take three points off West Ham.Come on you Wolves.


if we stay up then we need to invest in quality in order to play 2 up front. A Darren Bent kind of buy would be good.


Like Craddock, a very handy squad player to have for next season.

But midfield is the main area for me that we need to strengthen, along with left back.

Ebanks Blake will come good at this level, so long as he gats some service - no one has missed Kightly more.. So for me the reason we are not scoring goals is not down to the strikers we have, but the midfield. Even Doyle is struggling to get into double figures and he is definately a Premiership quality striker!

All this talk about how we need a quality striker to partner Doyle is all well and good, but

a) If we are playing 4-5-1, how can we accommodate them? and

b) If we are playing 4-4-2, how do you think our existing midfield is going to cope?

We'll create more chances with Jarvo and Kights both playing wide (assuming we can get the ball to then), but will be very weak in the middle, and if we are playing with only 1 wide man, are the rest good enough to create the chances for the front 2 and defend infront of the back 4?

So unless we sign Torres, Rooney or Drogba, are we going to be any more of an attacking force?

Townsville Wolf Qld

Well done Eastwoods Rubbish - Everyone always talks about the "West Ham Academy of Football" When was the last time they won the "old 1st Division" or the EPL .....ah yeah never. They live on the back of Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters & Bobby Moore. A bit like us with Stan Cullis (great man) Billy Wright (great little man), Mullen, Broadbent, Bert & so on. West Ham are where they because like us they haven't been good enough & didn't we gift them the opening dayer in August. We have to believe we can exert more misery on them tonight as they are not playing that well.

Townsville Wolf Qld

Send Ebanks-Blake out to the Boggies they are looking for a striker to pish them through to promotion. It would re-ignite his season & put him in the shop window...... can't see him being here next season!

spence the singing wolf

Happy that jones is getting a new contract,he a player i have always rated and was so happy when we signed him from derby.A point tomorrow will be a great result,never mind where west ham are in the league they are a very good team, and going to upton park on a tuesday night,the locals will be well up for it, GOOD LUCK BOYS!!


Jones hass played well since he came back in after injury. I think that we have been fortunate that he came good at the time that Edwards ( who has also been magnificent this season) was injured.


My August impression of David Jones was that he was just another Jason Shackell - bought for a million to prop up the reserves. If we only had a fit & firing Kightly, we'd have a formidable five-man midfield along with Jarvis, Henry & Guedioura. I see us starting next season with 4-5-1.

If we can get some real Prem concentration and quality in defence and SEB chipping in with some goals when he's called upon, next season could be a lot more comfortable than this one!

And I'm not jumping the gun by saying we're already safe, but I'm a million percent confident.


28- agree with you completely. As much as i like Foley, hes not good enough at attacking hence the reason that the majority of our attacks are always down the left with jarvis. Kightly down the right would really give defences a problem, and give jarvis and doyle some support up front. I read a comment that with Foley basically as a right back Villa was still causing Zubar problems, but the best defence is a good offence, and kigtly would relieve allot of the pressure were currently having down the right side in his attacks.

30- Im still certain Blake will come good and hopefully push on next season. Im still convinced its confidence issues rather than ability, hence the reason he didnt score against a non league side even though he had multiple opportunities.

As for Jones, The premier league suits him more than the championship did, which is what Mcarthey said last season. Hes done fantastic in terms of distribution but i feel he needs to show more desire to get to the ball at times.


Up the Old Gold & Black. Feel good factors working well, hey? Like it. Like it very much. Well done Dave Jones and whoever came up with the idea for this bitta press and a new contract for his eforts. Personally I still believe in Milijas but we have to move on. Good PR job all round. West Ham game´s a must winner. No doubt about it.

Dodgy manager. Questionable tactics but the nucleus of the team seems to have the right idea. Gotta survive. Gotta move on. MM may not be with us next season but we need to make sure we´re there all the same. Same name of same game. Gotta Win. A draw´d be alright but may not spell intent. Gotta score goals. Well done Jody saturday. Powerhouse player. Belief is the key. That´s how you do it. Win!!!! Go forward. It´s never over ´till the old lady sings. West Ham only blow bubbles. C´mon me babbies. Blow them hammers away. we´re counting on you!!!

Stoke on Trent Wolf

Yes do think we need to get something tonight as I think Hull will be breathing down our necks right until the end of the sesaon. Yes Jones has been a revelation but Karl Henry is going to have to have a top game tonight to shackle their midfield. As I have said before I think West Ham are a far better team than their position suggests and their ground is never an easy place to go. Have to be happy with a point tonight from a soild 4-5-1.

Fight, fight wherever you may be.


I think Jonesy has been superb when he has played and I have also been pleasantly surprised by Keogh, Edwards, Zubar, Stearman, Hahnemann, Henry and Craddock. I think we will finish 16th and stay up, as I predicted in August.

During the summer a few players need to move on:

Vokes (loan)


Mujanji Bia (loan)

Dan Jones

Mark Little

Hennessey (if we can get 3mil plus)

Players in:

Chris Eagles (Burnley)

Nicky Shorey (villa)

Bo Myhill (Hull)

Stephen Hunt (Hull)

Jamie O hara (spurs)

Steve Sidwell (villa)

Cornish Wolf

Well friends i'm 64 today. I went to my first Wolves game on my Dad's shoulders at age 4. The only present that I want today is a big win at The Hammers. That would almost certainly result in safety for this season. Divid Jones well deserves his new contract, bit like Nobby Stiles in his play I feel.

Up The Wolves

Cornish Wolf

I meant to say that I was at the game (can't remember the season) when the late Bobby Moore picked up the ref's whistle to stop the match after the ref was knocked out by a clearance out of the Hammers defence. Happened right in front of me some of the comments by the cockney's had tears running down my face.

Up The Wolves


38. Cornish Wolf, 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' lets hope you get the present you want and more so 'FULLY DESERVE' being a Wolves supporter for 60yrs, i thought i was doing well at 52yrs lol, You will need to be at your best as WHU have alwaysbeen a very good footballing team. 'Concentration Concentration'by ALL our players for 95mins is going to be needed. I said id settle for 5pts out of 9pts before the 3 away claret & blue games,and still will be, but its NOT impossible for us to come away with ALL 3pts. 'GOOD LUCK TONIGHT LADS' UTW FOREVER.