Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today called for transfers to be allowed all year long – for the benefit of the fans.
Jackett oversaw a quiet final day of the window yesterday as he prepared for tonight’s derby clash against Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The club managed to keep star players Bakary Sako and Kevin Doyle, signed 17-year-old Wrexham striker Bradley Reid and saw centre-back Georg Margreitter depart on a season-long loan to FC Copenhagen and left-back Jamie Reckord to Plymouth for three months.
Jackett said: “It’s international trade, but why shouldn’t it be open throughout the season? The speculation about signings is a good part of the game – it certainly makes the job of the media easier.
“But players being able to move permanently throughout the season or all the time is of big interest to supporters.
“I understand the focus on loans and people can still sign loans. But for me, to be able to move and trade whenever as long as the buying club and the selling club agree a price.
“I wouldn’t say I’m calling for it to be scrapped, but I don’t think it’s of benefit.
“People say it should shut or be completely closed during the season but I don’t think that should be the case either because the speculation on who a club is going to sign, should there be injuries or bad form or suspensions is of strong interest to fans.”
Tonight’s JPT clash is the first time Wolves have been in the competition since 1989 when as holders of the Sherpa Van Trophy, they reached the area final only to lose to Torquay over two legs.