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Leigh Griffiths assured he's in Wolves plans

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Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has told Leigh Griffiths he will be part of his plans for next season.

The 22-year-old had the one-year option on his Molineux contract taken up recently and received a call from Jackett before his first Scotland start against Croatia last Friday.

And the striker, who scored 28 goals on loan at Hibernian last season, said the call was a welcome boost.

He then played a part in part of Scotland's surprise 1-0 win, playing 64 minutes to win his second cap before being replaced by Jordan Rhodes.

Griffiths recalled: "I spoke to the new manager just before I boarded the plane to go out to Croatia.

"He said he was looking forward to working with me and that gave me a lot of confidence about going back there to start pre-season.

"I'm going to work hard to try to get myself into the team. I have to concentrate on Wolves because my contract is there. I thought it was great of the manager to call me like that.

"It meant I came out to Croatia in an even better frame of mind and the Scotland manager topped it off by naming me in the side."

Griffiths has now got his head around playing in League One and wants to follow in the footsteps of Rhodes, who scored 40 goals to help Huddersfield to promotion from the third tier in 2011-12.

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He said: "Can I be a Scotland striker in League One? I don't see why not. Jordan Rhodes did it at Huddersfield in League One so I just need to go down there, work hard and score goals.

"It's about trying to kick on after this season's form. As long as I am doing my job and scoring goals, then I will give the manager food for thought.

"Obviously, League One isn't the most competitive league in the world. But there are a lot of games to be played and, hopefully, I can do enough to earn recognition from the manager."

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