Wolves were today working to set up more ‘Group Three’ exits after Jamie O’Hara’s Molineux stay was finally ended.
The club confirmed last night that the remaining two years of the 27-year-old midfielder’s £20,000-plus-a-week contract had been terminated by mutual consent.
It came three years and 55 appearances after he made a £5m move to Molineux from Tottenham.
Now the club are frantically working to remove the other Group Three members – Roger Johnson, Kevin Doyle, Tongo Doumbia, Kevin Foley and Georg Margreitter – from the wage bill.
O’Hara, a pariah among fans following the club’s 2013 relegation from the Championship, has made just two substitute appearances under head coach Kenny Jackett.
And while the timing of his exit may have been a surprise, Wolves had already made it clear that his future lay away from the club.
Signed by former boss Mick McCarthy following an impressive loan spell, O’Hara was part of a team which suffered successive relegations and angered supporters with his antics as Wolves exited the second tier at Brighton in May last year.
With Jackett looking to revamp the squad when he took the reins later that month, O’Hara found himself largely surplus to requirements.
Fitness problems saw him take a three-week intensive training course in America, while he also had an unsuccessful trial at Blackpool.
His exit follows that of fellow Group Three member Stephen Ward to Burnley earlier this month.
Jackett hopes the closure of the transfer window on Monday will see more movement in that group – which still contains Roger Johnson who signed for Blues for £7m in the same summer as O’Hara.
Speaking before news of O’Hara’s release broke, Jackett said nothing was close, but revealed chief executive Jez Moxey was working frantically behind the scenes to pave the way for multiple exits.
“Hopefully by Tuesday they will have that opportunity they are all waiting for,” said the boss.