Kevin Doyle’s future will be resolved this summer, Wolves boss Kenny Jackett pledged today.
Doyle is on loan at QPR until their play-off situation is resolved and Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has indicated he wants to sign the 30-year-old, who has a year left on his contract, permanently.
Wolves head coach Jackett allowed four strikers to leave in January, with Doyle, Bjorn Sigurdarson and Jake Cassidy departing on loan and Leigh Griffiths joining Celtic for £1m.
Doyle, who has scored twice in seven games for the Rs, is due back at Wolves for pre-season but Jackett feels the Ireland international’s future will be sorted out in the coming months.
“It’s something that needs to be sorted out in the summer, definitely, in terms of Kevin,” said Jackett.
“I’ve seen quotes from the manager (Harry Redknapp) saying he’s quite interested in him and I’m sure they’re thinking about things behind the scenes but with no firm plans yet depending on what division they’re in.”
Doyle admits he would be tempted to play for QPR in the Premier League, with Rangers set to play his old club Reading or Wigan in the play-offs, but admits his future is up in the air.
“It would be very attractive to play for QPR in the Premier League - but there are lots of ifs, buts and maybes and a lot of scenarios,” he said.
“QPR are waiting to see what division there in with so many players out of contract.
“Come July it will be the usual merry-go-round. I have to go back to Wolves and see where I stand.”
Jackett added: “It’s not just Wolves’ situation it’s QPR and the player himself that all need to agree on it.
“If Rangers stay in the Championship he’s a Wolves player and we pick it up then.
“My focus is on tomorrow and then we’ll watch and see what happens with QPR - that might be a few weeks away, and then pick up with that whole group as to us going forward.
“I don’t know anything officially on QPR’s stance, nor does Kevin Thelwell.
“I’m sure if we were in that situation we’d be saying: ‘We need to look at the big picture when we know what division we’re in’.”
Doyle is one of eight senior players out on loan with Roger Johnson (West Ham), Stephen Ward (Brighton), Georg Margreitter (FC Copenhagen), Bjorn Sigurdarson (Molde), Razak Boukari (Sochaux), Tongo Doumbia (Valenciennes) and Kevin Foley, who has returned to Wolves from Blackpool to undergo a successful shoulder operation last Monday.
And, while Jackett is looking to offload them if possible this summer, he acknowledges it’s going to be a tricky balancing act financially, with all of the players still contract for at least another year.
“They haven’t featured this season and so it’s not necessarily going to be a situation where they’re going to break in this year,” he said.
“But they’re under contract and they come back to Wolves.
“I’ll have to wait and see. That’s something I’ll plan during the summer.
“I’ve got enough time then to see my numbers and assess who needs to come up from the youth ranks, who’s progressing, who’s ready and who’s not, who’s in the 21s, and also any potential signings from the outside.
“Then I have to look at how that leaves me in terms of the size of my group and what spaces there are.”Subscribe to our Newsletter