INTERVIEW: David Edwards on 10 seasons at Wolves - and the future

He's made more Wolves appearances than Norman Deeley, scored more goals than Robbie Keane and spent longer at the club than Derek Dougan.

INTERVIEW: David Edwards on 10 seasons at Wolves - and the future

David Edwards is writing a name for himself in Wolves' history - and he doesn't want his Molineux spell to finish anytime soon.

The Welsh international is waiting to be offered a new contract and in an in-depth interview with the Express & Star he discusses life at Wolves - and what the future may hold.

The 30-year-old's current deal expires next summer and if he signs a new one it will take him to 10 years at Molineux.

Far from being reduced to a fringe player in the new Walter Zenga era, Edwards has featured in 12 of Wolves' 13 Championship games this season and started the last six.

He hopes his performances will warrant that sought-after new deal.

"My contract does end at the end of this year but hopefully if I can put in some good performances in the next few months I can earn myself a new deal," Edwards said.

"It's a club I would like to stay at and hopefully create a lot more memories.

"There's not been any movement. It was initially mooted a couple of weeks ago but nothing's been properly offered or accepted or anything like that.

"I'm just concentrating on playing and hopefully I can be involved in winning some games and scoring some goals and that'll put me in a better position if negotiations do come around I can be in a better position for myself personally.

"I'm 30 years-old – I think at times people think I'm 35 because I've been here so long. But there's still a lot of football in me yet and hopefully I can get what I feel I deserve."

A gloriously sunny Easter Monday at a packed Molineux in 2015 saw a classic encounter twist one way and that, with Leeds coming from 3-1 down to level it up at 3-3 in a game Wolves needed to win as they chased down the top six.

Then with two minutes to go, up popped Edwards to head the winner and send the home fans absolutely wild.

He counts it as one of his favourite memories in a Wolves shirt. And there are a few to choose from in his 10 seasons as a Wolves player. He recently became just the eighth post-war player to score in 10 consecutive seasons – and the first since a certain Steve Bull.

"Well hopefully I can keep following Bully's stats, what with going the semi-finals of a major tournament and now this!" Edwards said. "I don't think I'll quite get to his goals total.

"It's an amazing thing to hear. Obviously some of those seasons I've only scored one or two but to be a part of this club for 10 seasons – and it'll be nine years in January – and to have played and scored in every single season is something I'm immensely proud of. Hopefully it can continue."

The midfielder has scored some vital goals over the years.

What are the ones that he cherishes the most?

"There are a couple. I think every season there's one you remember fondly but the two that really stick out are the Manchester City goal...we had a good start to that season and then went seven or eight games without a win, it was a turning point for us. We'd gone 1-0 down and to get the winner against Joe (Hart, former Shrewsbury team mate) as well it was extra special. That was a huge goal for me personally.

"And then the win at Molineux against Leeds...that was a great occasion. It was an Easter Monday game, a big crowd and everyone was feeling gutted after we conceded two goals. To score in the 88th minute was amazing. That was one of the best feelings I've had in a Wolves shirt."

Does hearing stats like the one about scoring in 10 consecutive seasons make Edwards more reflective, as he heads towards the final years of his playing career?

"When you hear stats you automatically look back and remember as much as you can. It is nice to read stuff because there is stuff that seems so long ago you don't remember.

"I'll always be proud of what's gone on behind me. Although it's been a rollercoaster for me, the club and everyone concerned, I'm even more excited about the future."

Edwards will hope to be involved in tomorrow's home clash versus Leeds, and indeed many more Wolves games to come.

"At international level – to play at the World Cup," Edwards said without hesitation. "If you'd asked me five years ago I'd never have thought it could happen, but now we're in a position and a group which is very tight, but everyone's ambition is to play at the World Cup, so to qualify and make the squad is a huge ambition of mine.

"At club level I want another shot at the Premier League. I really think the club will get there, whether it be this season, next year or the year after, in that window.

"With what's going on upstairs I think it's going to happen and hopefully I can be here when it does. To get some more games in the Premier League would be amazing for me personally and I'll work my socks off to try and get there.

"Hopefully we can get on a run this year and give it a real push."

Edwards as a youngster at Shrewsbury in 2006 with Joe Hart (far right), Marco Adaggio (far left) and Gavin Cadwallader

"It's strange...five years ago, again, I'd have said not a chance," he added. "I see what managers go through and it didn't interest me one bit. But as I'm getting older I do think I know the game quite well tactically and I think I could have a good effect on a team. I wouldn't rule it out.

"I've got plans to do my badges – I've got one already – this summer. I'll do that.

"I've got other stuff going on as well away from football, which keeps me busy.

"If I hadn't had the injuries in my mid-20s...I was sure then that I need to make sure I'm sorted when I finish football in terms of what path I want to go down, so I started doing research and setting things up back then, I've been doing since.

"I want options when I retire. That's the plan."

With the Shrewsbury manager's job being vacant as of Friday morning, has Edwards considered throwing his hat into the ring?

"I think in three or four years' time I'll definitely be knocking on the door!" he said.

"Everyone knows I'd love to play for Shrewsbury again one day. I was so lucky to come through at the club I supported and played for Wolves and to be here for so long.

"I don't want my Wolves career to end this year, I want to carry on, but at the same time further down the line I'd love to play for Shrewsbury again when I can still add something to the team. I'd hate to go there and have no legs and not bring any value to the team.

"To be associated with the club long-term would be great as well. That'd be an ambition of mine as well."

He's certainly already managed that with Wolverhampton Wanderers. And then some.

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