Wolves: Kenny Jackett expects high earners to move on

Roger Johnson and Kevin Doyle
Roger Johnson and Kevin Doyle were part of the Wolves side relegated from the Premier League in 2012

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says Kevin Doyle, Jamie O'Hara, Roger Johnson and Stephen Ward are not part of his plans for the new Championship season.

Doyle, Johnson and Ward, among the highest-paid players at the club, went out on loan last season as Wolves won the League One title without them.

O'Hara spent most of the campaign training away from the first team.

"I don't think the situation is going to change internally at Wolves," 52-year-old Jackett told BBC WM.

"We've got our group and we need to work towards the Championship this year.

"Those players have all been out on loan and I'm sure they'll want to return if possible.

"At present they are Wolves players and they'll be treated with every respect and I'm sure we'll be working hard towards getting what they need, which is their next move."

Defender Johnson, 31, went out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham, having been transfer listed by Jackett last summer along with midfielder O'Hara, 27, and left-back Ward, 28.

Striker Doyle, 30, helped QPR to promotion from the Championship during his loan stint with them last season, while Ward spent his time with Brighton.

After two successive relegations, following three years in the Premier League, Jackett transformed Wolves' fortunes last season as they returned to the second tier.

They have already brought in winger Rajiv van La Parra and midfielder Tommy Rowe this summer and Jackett does not believe back-to-back promotions is out of the question.

"Three quarters of the division has already been in the Premier League, that's the beauty of the Championship, it's hard to call," added the Wolves head coach..

"We're one of the sides that want one of those three promotion spots if we can by next May.

"We're always looking to improve, but we'll only add players that will improve us. We don't need to bring in players that are similar to what we have."

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