Jamie O’Hara has spoken. And I think there is enough compassion and humility in his words to suggest Wolves fans need to forgive and forget, move on and give the player another chance.
That O’Hara is a name forever associated with the sharp decline of the club is irretrievable.
But maybe, just maybe it was his inability to recapture the sparkling form he showed on loan and which endeared him to the Molineux masses in the first place that led to the breakdown of that relationship at Brighton in May.
Fans already deeply frustrated at his form saw someone who in their eyes make things worse and rub salt into those relegation wounds.
At £5m, O’Hara along with Roger Johnson was a symbol of the middle-ground areas of the Premier League that Wolves aspired.
It backfired terribly and in the hunt for scapegoats, O’Hara was at the top of the list.
But that is water under the bridge and now Wolves and O’Hara are stuck with each other, we must look ahead.
There is an argument suggesting that O’Hara’s form is going to have to be something special because of the way he has polarised supporters’ opinions.
The gloss of his undoubted ability had been dulled by 18 months of hernia problems cuilminating in three operations and a reduced athleticism that affected his ability to get around the pitch.
Michael Kightly took a year of slavish toil to get back to the sort of form that made him such a hero and a vital cornerstone of the Championship title team in 2008-09.
Maybe last season was O’Hara’s version of Kightly’s struggles in 2009-10.
Alongside the struggle for fitness and form, his lavish lifestyle with celebrity WAG Danielle is so far removed from the loyal punters helping to fund it and his at times languid style of play led in part to the ‘Hollywood’ nickname.
But, just like they did with Paul Butler in 2002-03, Wolves fans have shown an ability to forgive and forget.
And if O’Hara works hard and shows everything he can on the pitch, then it is up to Wolves fans to react positively.
In League One, his talent should dazzle, I don’t know about shine.
Any nagging concerns about his fitness need to be stamped out by the player’s own determination to stay professional and make sure his conditioning is tip-top.
OK, so there is no actual ‘sorry’ in today’s interview.
He says he never had chance to apologise, something which isn’t strictly true as he could have done so in our interview when given the chance back in August, or before that when he spoke on talkSPORT.
Maybe he thought he wouldn’t have to because he reckoned he would be away from Molineux by now.
That hasn’t happened, which along with the four-month exile from the first-team squad has led to a helluva lot of soul-searching and no doubt low moments from the player who, let’s face it, has been denied the chance to do what he was put on this planet for.
He does say his actions were wrong and that should be taken as the olive branch it is meant to be.
Because if Wolves are to prosper from this sorry episode, the reaction of the fans will determine the ability of club and player to move on.
That humility and change in character declared by both head coach Kenny Jackett and the player himself is to be applauded.
For those looking for signs, I have watched all of O’Hara’s appearances for the Under-21s at Telford this season and there is no doubt he has shown a huge desire to get his head down and play football.
He has been the stand-out player for the second string in all the matches he has played, and in one game against Reading, scored twice and was involved in three of the four goals in a 4-0 win.
Looking leaner and hungrier than we have seen him since he arrived on loan from Tottenham in January 2011, O’Hara has just got on with his job.
Perhaps the only surprise is that with up to 40 scouts watching him, he has not attracted a single phone call.
Whether that be his estimated £20,000-a-week wages Wolves were unwilling to fund in the event of a possible move, or the baggage he has gathered along the way is unclear.
But it does pass a comment all the same.
Like it or not, Wolves and O’Hara are stuck together for quite a while yet.
And supporters need to recognise that and welcome him back.
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