James Henry today claimed Wolves is the ideal platform to launch him back to the big time.
As a youngster coming through the ranks at Reading, Henry spent his formative football years alongside players such as Albion winger Scott Sinclair and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge in the England youth set-up. Those players have gone on to establish themselves in the Premier League while Henry has spent the last three seasons in the Championship at Millwall.
Despite dropping a division to League One, 24-year-old Henry believes Wolves have the profile to get back to that level so he can rejoin his old England team-mates.
“I played with Ryan Bertrand, Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge in my age group,” he said. “They have all gone on to big things and it would be nice to join them. This is definitely a club with a big stature so hopefully we can push on and get back to where we want to be.
“It’s a massive stage to play on here and I’m looking forward to playing in front of all the fans.
“If there was ever a chance for me to get back into international football, it would be more likely to be through Scotland now (through his parents).
“But I’m concentrating first and foremost on club football.”
Henry knows Kevin Doyle and Scott Golbourne from his time at the Madejski Stadium and believes familiarity will help him settle in.
“I made my full debut for Reading alongside Kevin Doyle against Liverpool in the Carling Cup quite a few years back, so I know a few of the boys and hopefully that will make integrating that bit easier,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today admitted he has been looking at replacements for Bakary Sako since June.The club halted transfer talks with Nottingham Forest over Sako on Thursday after the Championship failed to agree to pay a loan fee in a deal that could have netted Wolves up to £5m.
It’s understood Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe and Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara were among those being lined up as possible replacements for Sako.
And Jackett highlighted the need for Wolves to be on their toes should anyone try to tempt them into selling Sako or any other star players.
“I’ve been having one eye on that since June 24,” said Jackett, who signed James Henry earlier this week. “It’s definitely something we’ve talked about because if any player goes, the big thing you have to do is replace him well.
“Are we looking for players? Yes constantly. And if there are people out there we think can improve us and help us, we wouldn’t hesitate to try to bring them in.
“They’re all ways of improving the team.”