Jack Price today insisted his full League debut for Wolves was the best day of his life – but now wants many more like it.
The 20-year-old Shrewsbury-born midfielder replaced the suspended David Davis in last week’s 2-0 win against Sheffield United and looks set to keep his place after a glowing recommendation from head coach Kenny Jackett.
For the moment, Price is happy to have made the first notable strides towards what he hopes will be a path to a regular first-team place. He made his first start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy penalties win over Walsall and had a substitute’s outing in the 4-0 success against Gillingham.
“It was one of the best days of my life,” he said of his full bow against Sheffield United.
“My family were all there and were really proud of me; it was a really good game and I enjoyed it.
“I was a bit nervous coming out of the tunnel to start with, but once the game starts you forget all that and just concentrate on the game.
“It was great for me to get off the bench against Gillingham and then make my debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game with Walsall, but I think any player wants to be involved in league football if they can.
“It’s about contributing to a league season and hopefully, in our case, a push for promotion.”
Jackett dropped a big hint today that Price will keep his place even though Davis is available after suspension.
Either way, Price is convinced he can play at this level.
“Dave Davis is available but competition like this is what everyone needs,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place for Saturday, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
“I think I’ve proved to myself I can play at this level and so I’ll be ready again to do the same – if selected.”
Jackett has marked his first season in charge by promoting homegrown academy graduates Danny Batth, David Davis, Lee Evans and Zeli Ismail to the regular starting line-up this season.
And Price is convinced Jackett’s arrival has heralded an opportunity for the academy prospects to progress to the first team.
“I think it’s a big statement from the gaffer to be giving us a chance,” he said.
“We haven’t had too much experience, but we’re not that young any more and it makes such a difference when everyone realises they’ve got a chance to play.
“He’s told everyone – even the Under-18 lads when they’re playing in the Under-21s – that he’s very open-minded in players and that everyone has a chance to impress.
“He says he’s going to be looking out for everyone.”