George Elokobi today admitted he was too choked to speak after his Wolves farewell.
The powerful defender was in tears as he said goodbye to the supporters in the League One title parade after Saturday’s 3-0 win against Carlisle after being released.
It was just over a year since he was also in tears after Wolves were relegated at Brighton.
And the Cameroon-born left-back said he couldn’t help his emotions getting the better of him again because of all he’d been through with the club over the last six-and-a-half years.
“That send-off was all too much for me on Saturday. But that shows I’m only human,” he said.
“Saturday was a hard day for me not to get emotional – I think anyone would been the same if everyone had been wishing them well.
“I was like it because I’ve been through so much with Wolves, and to cap it off it was a wonderful occasion after winning the league, collecting the trophy and celebrating.
“The send-off I got from the fans was unbelievable – there were fans coming to me before the game crying when they spoke to me.
“They had tears in their eyes and were sorry I’m leaving, so it’s hard.”
Elokobi, who has come through a career-threatening knee injury, as well as two promotions and two relegations at Wolves, insists he has felt every bump of the rollercoaster ride as much as the fans.
“Last season we got relegated and those back-to-back relegations hurt because as a player, I’ve always given my all for Wolves,” he said.
“I’m a Wolves fan as much as I’m a player and when we got relegated, I was feeling exactly what the fans were feeling even though I only played the last game of the season.
“To see us going down after being in the Premier League for three seasons was a blow to me.
“I could sense and see how hurtful it was to everyone.
“I’d just recovered from a broken and dislocated ankle and I played in the game at Brighton.”
But this time the tears were also a release after doing his bit in helping the club back to the Championship.
That’s often been in a role unseen to the public, mentoring the younger players and reminding them of the standards and conduct expected of them if they slip up.
“My ambition was to stay and help the club back into the Championship, and on the training ground, I’ve helped out the manager and the coaching staff,” he said.
“I’ve helped the young players in the team by talking to them and advising them and they’ve been great for us.”