Wolves outcast Roger Johnson has turned down the chance to put himself in the shop window as the transfer window enters its final fortnight.
While fellow transfer-listed players Karl Henry and Stephen Ward have left and Jamie O’Hara performed before 40 scouts for Wolves Under-21s, 30-year-old Johnson has decided against taking up the offer of playing in the reserves to improve his match fitness or prospects of finding a new club.
Head coach Kenny Jackett is quite relaxed about the situation but it would appear to make it harder for Johnson to impress potential employers.
“He didn’t refuse to play but he feels the training is keeping him fit and he doesn’t need the games,” said Jackett.
“I’m not one that makes people play in the Under-21s.
“But I’m sure if I’d said I wanted him to, he would. If I feel someone needs to play, they play.
“But if you implement that on someone who doesn’t want to play, you can lose the other 10 that are playing and our production and development is very important to us.
“Whatever Roger needs to do to keep himself fit to move on is fine.
“Some say ‘I feel ready to play but I don’t want to get injured’, others say ‘I need to play’.
“We have a lot of young players here for the Under-21s to be made up of them.
“Take Jamie O’Hara; he’s saying ‘I want to get into condition and I’ve got people coming to see me’.
“Jamie played well individually against Everton and was fine to all of the kids.
“Take Stephen Ward; he played the first game but not the next, because a move was imminent.”
Jackett said he isn’t aware Johnson is close to a move.
Keeper Wayne Hennessey has recovered from the hamstring twinge that stopped his month’s loan to Yeovil but Dave Edwards (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday’s televised visit of Crawley.
“Wayne’s back out there training,” said Jackett. “If an opportunity comes up, we’ll send him out on loan again.”