Wolves’ pre-season campaign received a welcome boost as they head to Walsall with a wealth of reinforcements, as the Irish internationals Kevin Foley, Stephen Hunt and Stephen Ward return to the club.

The emerald trio missed Wolves' 2-1 defeat to Crewe, but have arrived back at Molineux in time for their next pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

International commitments have kept the first team boys busy, but they have all now been named in the squad for the West Midlands show down at Banks's Stadium.

Foley, 26, spoke about his eagerness to get back to training with Mick McCarthy's men saying: "I'm just really looking forward to the new season.

"We were aware of second season syndrome last time and it did prove tougher as was shown by the fact we needed more points to survive. Hopefully this year we can establish ourselves again and improve on the last two seasons.

"The last couple of seasons I've been used in different positions and some people say that can work against you, but I prefer to think of it as a positive as it gives the manager more than one option.


 

"I've always said that as long as I can play in a team in the Barclays Premier League then I'll be happy."

Foley added that he was hopeful that his club could emulate Stoke's established presence in the top flight.

"They are a season ahead of us but if we can look at what they have done that would be great," he added. "We can't get too carried away and say we're going to be pushing for Europe - let's not kid ourselves.

"But at the same time we don't want to just be happy with escaping relegation. We want to be pushing on as much as we possibly can."

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