The No.1 jersey at Wolves will be hotly contested next term, with fit-again Carl Ikeme ready to challenge both Wayne Hennessey and new signing Dorus de Vries for a starting spot.

Ikeme suffered from a string of injuries last season, but has recovered from shoulder surgery and declared his intentions for the coming season.

The 25-year-old has been at the club since 2003 and after a string of loan moves to the likes of Leicester City and QPR, he is ready to play in the top-flight.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “Wolves are a great club and I do love it here but I want to be playing as well.”

With just one year remaining on his deal, the shot-stopper knows he needs to make an impression or risk being released.

 

“When you have got a year left on your deal and you haven’t really played for a club it does seem that it is a bit up in the air,” he said.

However, current No.1 Wayne Hennessey has no intention of giving up his place.

Hennessey, who joined the club as a junior and made his senior debut in 2006, was drafted back into the first team for American stopper Marcus Hahnemann last November, and went on to make 24 League appearances for the midlands club after replacing the June '09 signing in the position.

The Welsh international is certainly favourite to retain his place between the sticks after a handful of impressive displays last term, helping Wolves retain a place in the top-flight for a third consecutive season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “We all set ourselves targets as players and trying to reach them.

“I managed to play 24 league games which was good and my aim now is to try and play for a whole season.

“I still think I have more to come and it’s just good to be back and looking forward to another season.”

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