Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme today signed a new three-year deal in a further boost to their Championship return.
Ikeme, who was one of the stars of last season’s League One title triumph, has committed his future to the club until 2017.
The 28-year-old, whose previous deal had just one season left to run, follows hot on the heels of Richard Stearman and Dave Edwards to pledge to the Molineux cause recently.
Head coach Kenny Jackett said: “It’s a very exciting time for the club and Carl was a key player for us last season and I think will continue to be so.
“He’s a very dedicated professional and, as a goalkeeper, is coming into his prime with his best years ahead.
“I’m very pleased a deal has been done and he’s committed his future to the club.”
Ikeme helped keep a club record and a third-tier all-time best 25 clean sheets as Wolves marched to the League One title last season.
He said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a new deal.
“Talks had taken place towards the back end of last season and then over the summer and I was happy to be back on the first day of pre-season signing the contract.
“It gives me the opportunity to concentrate on my football now.
“I’ve been at Wolves for a long time and certainly didn’t want to leave and now I’m very excited about what is going to happen in the future.
“I’ve had to go on loan in previous years to build up my experience but the long-term plan has always been to play here and I’ve been pleased with my performances over the last couple of years.
“Now I’m just looking to continue to work hard and continue to improve.”
Ikeme follows central defender Stearman and midfielder Edwards, who both penned two-year deals.
The 28-year-old Ikeme joined Wolves from school in 2003 and has made 103 appearances for his parent club since making his debut in 2005 but he has more than 160 career games under his belt thanks to a host of loan spells.
He started last campaign in red-hot form and kept his side in several games with some superb saves and then returned to his best during the run-in after breaking his hand in the 1-1 draw at Tranmere on New Year’s Day.