Wolves boss Kenny Jackett today dropped the biggest hint that Dave Edwards will win a new deal after tipping the midfielder to remain at Molineux next season.
Long-serving Edwards, who has just celebrated his sixth anniversary at the club and turned 28 yesterday, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
Edwards stated last summer he felt his chances of extending his stay with Wolves would depend on him playing a certain number of games this season.
Injuries have again prevented Edwards making a real impact and have restricted him to 16 games this season.
But head coach Jackett said there is no such stipulation and the Wales international, currently sidelined with a foot injury, doesn’t have to prove himself to him.
“Do I think he’ll be here next year? Yes,” said Jackett. “He’s out of contract and no decision has been made, but I wouldn’t say he needs to play a certain amount of games this season to earn one.
“Edwards is a good player who has played very well for us. He’s a consistent performer and he’s a very good personality.
“Whenever he does come back for us – and he won’t be out long-term – he’ll be an addition.
“It is where we are at the time and where we’d assess him going forward – not necessarily on what he’s done. “
Edwards reeled off 11 consecutive games after his comeback in the 1-1 draw at Oldham in the FA Cup on October 22. But he injured his foot in training after the 2-0 win against Preston on January 11 and has missed the last three matches.