Wolves today completed the signing of Millwall winger James Henry - and revealed they were already tracking him when Kenny Jackett was appointed in June.
The 24-year-old wideman has been snapped up initially on loan until January 1 with a view to a £250,000 permanent move.
Head of football development Kevin Thelwell said: “We asked Kenny about James as soon as he came into the club and he was very positive about him and what he had achieved at Millwall which only supported what we already had on file.
“He’s 24 and has great experience in the Championship and is a player we’ve been looking at for a while.
“The fact Kenny has worked with him and knows him both as a player and a person has made our interest all the more stronger.”
Henry’s arrival means Wolves have strengthened in the wide positions after allowing four wingers - Slawomir Peszko, Stephen Hunt, Adam Hammill and Razak Boukari - to leave this summer.
Thelwell believes Henry will impress his new team-mates and fans alike and is an ideal ‘fit’.
“I’m sure he’s going to do a fantastic job for us,” said Thelwell.
“He’s a good character and a good fit and we’re all really looking forward to seeing him play in a Wolves shirt and I think the fans will be as well.”
Head coach Jackett said: “I’m excited at bringing him in because he adds a lot, particularly down the right.
“His delivery and quality of crosses will be an asset and he generally features very highly for assists.
“His ball retention is good, but his predominant strength is as a winger, going past players and getting crosses in.”
Henry has a habit of getting off to memorable starts at clubs.
He scored on his full Reading debut, marked his first home game on loan at Millwall with a 35-yard goal against Swindon, and celebrated his permanent move to the New Den by setting up all four goals on his home debut against Hull in a 4–0 victory.
Jackett said: “If you’re on loan, you need to settle quickly so I hope he brings a lot to us and both create and score goals.”
Jackett believes Henry will provide the experience Wolves have missed at times in the wide right position.
“We’ve been short in the wide areas and James gives us good competition there,” he said.
“He has a lot of quality and he’s done well over the last few seasons at Championship level.
“His games record and his experience level are good and it’s a great opportunity coming to a club of this size.
“His best years are ahead of him.”