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Kightly: His story in pictures

On the day Michael Kightly put the Wolves' faithful mind at rest by signing a new four-year contract, we look at the life and times of the winger.

After being released by Tottenham from his youth terms and drifting into non-league with Basildon United, Michael Kightly finally made his league bow for Southend in 2003.nextpage

But after just 13 appearances for the Shrimpers in three seasons, Kightly drifted back into non-league football and set about earning a reputation with Conference side Grays.nextpage

Some sterling performances for Grays saw him dubbed 'the Ryan Giggs of non-league football' and, with Manchester United reported to be interested, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy stole in to bag Kightly for a mere £25,000 in January 2007.nextpage

The Kightly legend continued to grow, as his all action displays from the wing establish him as a key player in the side.nextpage

International recognition followed, as Kightly makes his England U21 debut against Romania in August 2007.nextpage

Kightly continues to do the business in a Wolves shirt as the season gets rolling, until he is felled by what would prove to be a nagging ankle injury in November 2007.nextpage

After two attempts at a comeback, Kightly finally has surgery on his troublesome ankle in February.nextpage

Kightly returns for the last four games of the season but, as the summer begins, speculation increases that he could leave for the Premier League.nextpagekightlynewkit.jpeg

Finally today, as the club unveil their new away kit, comes the news Molineux has been waiting for: Kightly signs a new four deal.

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