Bjorn Sigurdarson: Wolves striker now 'welcome' at Molineux

Bjorn Sigurdarson was injured at West Ham in January - just two games into his Wolves comeback
Bjorn Sigurdarson was injured at West Ham in January - just two games into his Wolves comeback

Icelandic striker Bjorn Sigurdarson now feels "welcome" at Wolves following a return to the team over two years after his previous first team appearance.

It appeared Sigurdarson had kicked his last ball at Molineux when he signed for Norwegian top-flight side Molde on a one-year loan deal in January 2014.

The 24-year-old then moved on to Danish side FC Copenhagen 12 months ago.

"I went on two loans and when I came back I thought I'm not sure if I'm welcome," Sigurdarson told BBC WM.

"It crossed my mind that I might never come back. But, in the end, I started training and the gaffer (head coach Kenny Jackett) was happy.

"He said 'if you can prove you're good enough you will get the chance' and I think I've done quite well in proving how good I am."

Second chance for Sigurdarson

Sigurdarson's chances were further hampered by a back injury which ultimately needed surgery in the summer, and going into the final season of the four-year deal he signed when brought in by then boss Stale Solbakken in June 2012, it was expected that he would be moved on.

But an early-season injury to Nouha Dicko brought him back into Kenny Jackett's thinking, and he was given his chance following the sale of Benik Afobe.

Although injured on his first start in their FA Cup defeat at West Ham, he was brought back in alongside new signing Joe Mason for Tuesday night's 2-2 home draw with Bolton.

"To have him (Mason) behind me was great," he told BBC WM. "He's good to play with. He's different from the other guys, with his skill on the ball and the eye he has to spot a run."

Sigurdarson is aware that he could again become surplus to requirements when Michal Zyro returns to fitness after a calf strain, and especially next season when Dicko should be fully fit again.

Despite the uncertainty, he still has no regrets about leaving Iceland to live in a foreign country at the tender age of 20.

"It's a great thing I went abroad when I did, even though it didn't work out," added Sigurdarson, whose half-brother is former Wolves midfielder Joey Gudjonsson. "I'm two years older, I've grown a bit and the experience I got from it has been valuable.

"It was a tough spell at Wolves before. We had three managers. But it is a happier club now. And moving to Molde and FCK has made me stronger and made me want it more. I want to be playing here instead of going back home. Better club, better country."

BBC WM's Mike Taylor on Wolves' window

"Kenny Jackett indicated on Monday lunchtime that although Wolves were interested in bringing in a striker on deadline day, they would be reasonably content to wait until the loan window re-opens, or even the summer, to get a good deal.

"They were widely linked with a move for Middlesbrough striker Kike, prior to his return to Spain following the arrival of Jordan Rhodes. But, in the end, apart from the arrival of youngsters Will Randall (Swindon) and Aaron Collins (Newport) to join their Under-21 squad, Wolves made three January signings, Michal Zyro, Joe Mason and Mike Williamson.

"Zyro faces up to eight weeks out with a calf injury and Williamson also missed Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at home to Bolton, in which Mason scored on his debut after three minutes."

Bjorn Sigurdarson was talking to BBC WM's Richard Wilford