Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara today revealed his “heartbreak” over his Molineux exile.
The transfer-listed player called the Express & Star to put the record straight over his position at the club and to deny he had played in a behind-closed-doors game for Queens Park Rangers.
Rumours flooded the internet on Saturday claiming the £5million former Tottenham man was playing for Harry Redknapp’s side in a game against Leyton Orient.
O’Hara said: "I have had so many text messages and phone calls about it. The rumour that I was there on trial was not true – I was out with my kids at the time.
"Nothing has happened – I’m just training hard and keeping my head down.
"There are a few clubs interested but nothing has materialised, then this rumour about me playing for QPR came out of the blue.”
The 26-year-old then revealed his agony over not being able to play.
He believes he has been blamed by Wolves fans for the club’s double-dip relegation but accepts his part too.
He said: “It’s heartbreaking training all week and not being able to play on a Saturday."
Asked if he had been made a scapegoat, he added: “It seems that way but I can take it on the chin.
“A lot of things I’ve said have been misconstrued, such as people reading into it that I said I’m a Premier League player.
“I never said I wanted to leave Wolves, what I said was I would love to play in the Premier League again one day if I got the chance.
“It’s sad really but now, it seems, whatever I say is turned into a negative. The Wolves fans are frustrated by the performances on the pitch and what’s happened over the last two years.
“My performances weren’t good enough and I can understand the fans’ frustrations but to blame one player is probably a bit harsh.
“But these things happen in football. The club paid good money for me and they expected big things of me.
“In some games I didn’t play to the best of my ability and things didn’t go my way, but I always gave 100 per cent.”