Wolves were this afternoon given a boost when Matt Doherty signed a new three-year deal.
The 21-year-old right-back, who was in the final year of his contract, has committed his future to Molineux until at least 2016.
Doherty, who is currently preparing for Ireland Under-21s’ UEFA qualifier with Germany on Monday, has been in talks for several weeks with the club.
And now with his future secured, he aims to be the best right-back in League One after arguably being Wolves’ most consistent player this term.
Doherty said: “With my future secured, the aim for me is to be the best right-back I can possibly be, and why not try to be the best right- back in the league?
“I’m delighted to have signed the contract. I think it proves just how much I want to be at Wolves and hopefully be part of a successful time here.
“It’s important I keep working and don’t let my standards drop now.”
An ever-present this season, Doherty was a bargain £70,000 signing from Bohemians in July 2010, making his debut in an FA Cup third-round 2-2 draw at Doncaster in January 2011 before his League man-of-the-match debut followed in a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in September 2011.
After loan spells at Hibernian and Bury in 2011-12 and the first half of last season, he returned to Molineux in February and has made the right-back slot his own ever since.
Head coach Kenny Jackett said: “Matt’s made a very good start to the season, generally being defensively sound and has created chances and goals for us.
“I’ve been pleased he’s built on the good start to his run in the team last season which has resulted in the club stepping in to negotiate a new contract.”
Doherty follows four-goal top scorer Leigh Griffiths as the latest ‘new’ first-teamer to sign new deals at Wolves, with Danny Batth set to be next to secure his future with the club.
“Negotiations have been going on for a couple of months now and it’s good to get it all completed,” added Doherty.