Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today declared Kevin Doyle is determined to take the club back to the Premier League and backed him to score the goals to fire them to promotion.
Doyle’s decision to stay at Molineux after the transfer window shut was welcomed by the club and fans.
But, as Jackett, revealed, the 29-year-old was thinking more deeply about his future than people simply chasing the quickest route away.
“Kevin has a determination to try to put something back into the club, to make sure the club get back to where they belong and to enjoy his football,” said Jackett.
“Kevin’s a very well regarded senior professional and he has the opportunity to put something right.
“Creating and scoring goals is something he’s focused on.
“You want all of your senior professionals to be good characters, say the right things and lead by example. And in terms of my time here, he’s done that.”
Doyle still has almost two years left on a contract worth around £40,000-a-week and Jackett believes the one-time club-record £6.5m signing is convinced he couldn’t choose better than staying at Wolves.
“It would all depend on who would be interested in him,” he said.
“And you then need to sum up the size of that club and the potential against this one. Wolves is a very big club and a club with fantastic potential and I’m not sure people would always want to give that up if the door is still open for them here.”
Doyle is yet to score this season in five appearances before today’s visit of Swindon, but Jackett is confident the Ireland international will get the goals he needs. “When you put a team out, you look at who are the four or five potential scorers,” he said.
“You can’t have enough of those. I feel he’s got goals in him and he’ll get in the right situations. I also think he’ll provide assists.”