Friday, August 04, 2006


Out with the old and in with the new

I can't believe that the only Wolves players who have been around for a few years and still keep playing are Naylor and Oakes. Everyone else went on the summer, except Murray.

1Michael Oakes (G)Nearly 7 years with the club now; last season was 2nd choice behind ex-Aston Villa's Stefan Postma (who left on a free to ADO Den Haag).
20Matt Murray (G)Got Wolves promoted then disappeared to sick bay; would be 1st choice but perpetually injured.
30Carl Ikeme (G)Young back-up goalie with minimal experience
31Wayne Hennessey (G)Youth player (19) was to go on loan to Bristol but was instead recalled, probably due to Murray being injured.
2Mark Clyde (D)24-year-old Irish international who hasn't played for Wolves since February 2005
3Lee Naylor (D)Permanent fixture - now into his 10th season
 Keith Lowe (D)On loan to Brighton
5Gary Breen (D)New free signing from Sunderland in his early 30s; hopefully bring useful experience with him.
6Jody Craddock (D)3 years with the club now after moving from Sunderland; missed half of last season; just turned 31.
12Rob Edwards (D)24-year-old Welsh international who managed to turn out for pretty much all of last season
 Kevin O'ConnorTrainee, new to the team, who spent a little while on loan to Stockport.
25Daniel Jones (D)New blood from the youth academy, still only 19.
26Mark Little (D)Another new youth player, 18 later this month.
24Gabor Gyepes (D)25-year-old Hungarian who managed less than half the matches of his first season (05/06).
4Seyi Olofinjana (M)Been at Molineux for 2 years now and hasn't played since November
7Jackie McNamara (M)Unable to make an impression on his first season (05/06) through injury early on. Hopefully we can begin to see the benefits of his 10 years at Celtic this time.
15Denes Rosa (M)Another Hungarian from the same club as Gabor. Joined in the New Year and only managed less than half then remaining matches.
16Mark Davies (M)New to the first team from the academy but straight into injury for the next 3 months.
22Lewis Gobern (M)Been with Wolves for 2 years but all his experience is from loan periods to lower division clubs where he helped save Blackpool (3rd tier) and Bury (4th tier) from relegation so new to the 1st team - maybe he could be very useful this season...
33Martin Riley (M)No details so I assume an academy player, new to team
19Finkler Guilherme (M) Young new player who came over from Brazil in the summer and impressed enough for a loan signing from Juventude.
28Rohan Ricketts (M)Last season this ex-Spurs player was unable to guarantee his name on the team sheet for half the season.
29Kevin O'Connor (M)20-year-old Irish trainee with a few games under his belt on loan to Stockport but new to the 1st team.
17Leon Clarke (F)Maybe his loan time at Plymouth will come in handy this weekend. Has managed 8 goals in three years from 31 appearances; now 21 years old.
9Carl Cort (F)31 goals from 71 matches isn't too bad at all - hopefully he will settle down and decide to stay after the chaotic summer.
21Tomasz Frankowski (F)Polish international in his early 30s who scored against England this year but didn't get to the World Cup. No goals for Wolves, though, in 12 matches.
37Christopher Cornes (F)New player although trainee for a couple of years; no appearances for the club although very effective on loan to Port Vale.
 10Jay Bothroyd (F) New player this season on a free from Charlton; past history at other clubs seems to be mainly scoring as a sub.
 Craig Davies (F)New loan signing of young Welsh player from Verona. Some Oxford chat-sites suggest an arrogant player (who use to play for Oxford united).
34Stephen Gleeson (F)New youth player to the first team

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