Kevin Doyle today declared his double promotion dream for Wolves – after revealing they would have preferred him off the wage bill this summer.
The 30-year-old forward celebrated his return to form with his first international cap for 11 months in Ireland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat away to Germany.
Despite being part of the double-dip relegation that saw Wolves become the first club since Swindon to drop two divisions in successive seasons in 1995, Doyle is happy to be part of a winning team again.
And he wants to give something back to the fans by restoring Wolves to the Premier League.
“We’ve done a ‘double down’; it would be nice to double up,” said Doyle.
“In the summer I made a personal decision that I wasn’t going to leave Wolves just for any old move - to go to a club where I felt I’d be relegated again. I didn’t need that this season.
“Maybe in a year or two I’ll think it would be great to give it another shot no matter what club I go to.
“But there’s more to football than just being in a relegation battle.
“I’ve had that for a number of years with Reading and Wolves and I felt I really would look forward to a season of trying to be in a winning team.
“I really just want to enjoy playing football. It would be different if I hadn’t played in the Premier League.”
But he admitted the club wanted to sell him in the summer because of the financial drain of his estimated £40,000-a-week wages.
“The club, to be fair, said to me at the start of the summer they would prefer to get me off the wage bill but they’d also like to keep me,” he said.
“It wasn’t a case of we’re shoving you out the door: ‘We need to get rid of you, bang, you have to go’.
“It was a case of ‘listen, if you stay, brilliant, we’ll play you’.”
And although he has been through plenty of soul searching, Doyle admits he is happy he made the right decision to stay put.
“Once we got back playing again it was OK,” he said.
“You’re in a team that’s winning and we have 20-000-odd still coming to games every other week.
“When you’re in a winning team it doesn’t matter what league you’re in.
“It’s nice to be winning games and in the top two and three in the league. It’s nice to be involved in the club.
“I’ve been there five years, three years of that have been relegation battles, so it’s nice to be there, winning and seeing our fans happy every week and just being part of a club where all the players are happy, all the staff are happy.”
Doyle revealed he, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Foley and Stephen Ward lost their places in the Ireland squad because of Wolves’ double relegation.
“That was a lot to do with our club situation,” he said.
“That was Giovanni’s (Trapattoni) main reason, he felt it was a tough time at our football club and maybe it wasn’t the best for us to be involved.
“He said that to me when I was left out and I got called back up because someone pulled out injured.
“He said he felt our confidence at Wolves had been dented, and said that for the four of us.”