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Wolves' Jack Price delighted with progress

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Wolves 'find' Jack Price today admitted his first season has gone better than he could have hoped – as he declared he wants to emulate the 2009 Championship title winners next season.

The 21-year-old midfielder has played 29 games in all competitions in his debut campaign.

Such has been his impact that the Shrewsbury-born anchorman was rewarded with a new contract to 2016 and tipped by head coach Kenny Jackett to be a "cornerstone of a successful period in the club's history".

And the bearded youngster said: "It's been a great first season for me in the first team.

"I remember speaking to 'Weaves' (development coach Steve Weaver) at the start of the season and I was happy to be aiming to play 15 to 20 games and to get to being one off 30 is a good achievement."

Now he is looking forward with excitement to a promotion assault on the second tier hoping to follow Mick McCarthy's 2008-09 title winners.

"The team we had when we were promoted from the Championship was a great side," he said.

"We want to emulate them, play some good stuff again next season and see where it takes us.

"It's going to be a big season and I'm looking forward to it.

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"Most of my time at Wolves has been in the Championship and the Premier League and I've looked on from the outside.

"I think it's a tough league but it's also still important to be good on the ball and retain possession like we've done this season.

"That's what the gaffer will be looking for us to do, while there will be games where you'll really have to grind it out if you're to get anything.

"We'll try to get the ball down and play which will hopefully be good for the fans as well as getting us the right results.

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"I think that suits my game but I'll have to do well if I'm to get a run in the side."

Wolves have lost just two of the games Price has played and he's delighted to have made such a positive contribution.

"It's been nice when I had my main run in the team maybe playing eight or nine games in a row we managed to pick up good results," he added.

Price didn't make his senior debut until he was 20 but believes it was worth the wait because he was ready.

And he's looking forward to ending his first campaign in the team with a League One's title winner's medal around his neck as the squad prepare to receive the trophy after Saturday's final game of the season at home to Carlisle.

"I've had to be patient to wait for my chance but I think when it came I was ready for it and I've ended up with a League One medal," he said.

"That's going to be great day on Saturday for us to lift the trophy in front of a packed crowd.

"I'd love to be involved if I can and it's going to be the sort of occasion you dream about when you start off playing football.

"Winning a title at any level is a very good achievement."

Price is one of 13 players out of 28 used in League One this season who have come through either Wolves' academy or their development squad.

And he has welcomed head coach Kenny Jackett's view that there won't be wholesale changes for next season.

"I think that's good to hear for all the young players," he said.

"For those of us who have made our breakthroughs, the challenge now is to keep that going next year and play well enough to keep a place in the team.

"I think everyone has played a part at some stage this season.

"Take Liam McAlinden who's made a contribution, particularly with his goal at MK Dons and then Ethan, who got two important goals.

"They've been pushing to play more but have still made a vital impact.

"They're key moments in a season and I think everyone's played a massive part in this title.

"And now we're all focused on trying to give the fans a good performance on Saturday and a good result as well.

"I think it's important not only for the day itself but also to send people away on a good note as they think about next season."

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