Wolves' Jack Price ready for 'biggest game' against Brentford
Jack Price is now 24 hours away from the biggest game of his career and he can barely contain his excitement.
This season's Best Young Breakthrough Act at Molineux will be hoping even bigger and more important stages lie ahead in the future. But for now a packed 12,000-plus crowd at Griffin Park and a game against the League One leaders will do very nicely.
Brentford are given due respect by an admiring Wolves for their astonishing victory sweep which has taken them out in front but Price and his team- mates are approaching the game determined to make their own statement.
"We would still fancy ourselves to get something if we play like we know we can," he said. "That's just because of the confidence that we have at the moment.
"Brentford is a really big game for us and it's one everyone is really looking forward to. From when we first came back into training on Monday morning, everyone was saying they couldn't wait for Saturday already.
"It's just one of those games that any player loves to be involved in," added this son of Salop who has been at Wolves since the age of seven.
"It's going to be the biggest game I've been involved in during my career so far and we've sold all our tickets so there's going to be a really good atmosphere.
"I always felt Brentford would be up there this season. They were really unlucky last year with the penalty miss on the final day when they could have gone up.
"But I'm not sure anyone expected them to go on such a fantastic run with 19 games unbeaten. And we were quite happy with our five wins in a row!
"I am sure people thought they might have a blip with changing the manager, but they have just kept going and going and I think it helps that the new manager (Mark Warburton) was already involved at the club.
"Brentford are a very good side who try and play. A lot of the teams in this league are trying to play now and even teams coming to Molineux are not necessarily trying to sit behind the ball and frustrate us. The standard has been very good.
"I do feel like we could go there and get a result and a draw certainly would not be the end of the world. But if we could come away with a win it would set down a good marker for the 15 games to follow."
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These are exciting days for Price, fresh from celebrating his 21st birthday before Christmas in what he must have viewed as a make-or-break season. Kenny Jackett's appointment came with a clear directive to use the club's own talent pool wherever possible.
Wolves fans already knew what they had in Danny Batth but Price has been the delightful surprise, now bonded in a midfield anchorage with Kevin McDonald which has been the platform for the team's best form of the season.
It's welcome recognition because there were times when it was a challenge to keep up with the progress of quicker and bigger rivals. "When I was 15, Ethan (Ebanks-Landell) would go on and play for the 16s and I'd maybe have to go down and play with the 14s because of my size," Price recalled.
But now he is a vital cog in the machine. "It's nice that Kevin and I have built up a decent partnership.
"He is so easy to play alongside – you know that if you give him the ball he is not going to lose it. He would hopefully say the same that he is comfortable in giving me the ball as well."
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