Thursday 23 October 2014

Doyle and Ward in limbo over futures at Wolves

Garry Doyle

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is currently in exile at Wolves and has been forced to train away from the first-team squad. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is currently in exile at Wolves and has been forced to train away from the first-team squad. Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The Republic of Ireland internationals Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward remain unwanted, according to their club manager Kenny Jackett.

While each player has a year left on their Wolves contracts, they are currently in exile, forced to train at the club's training ground in Compton while Jackett has taken 24 players to Malahide this week for intensive pre-season training.

And despite suggesting both Doyle and Ward have a future under his stewardship, it is obvious the opposite applies.

"I would never close the door on them completely because you never know what is around the corner," said Jackett. "Players could get injured. Anything could happen."

Ward is in limbo as Brighton and Wolves haggle over a transfer fee, while Doyle is left to ponder if QPR will ask him to return to Loftus Road after his successful loan spell ended there in May.

Richard Dunne's QPR future appears a little less certain after Harry Redknapp yesterday talked up the merits of two centre-halves he is targeting, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson. No firm offers have come in for Wes Hoolahan either, but after a turbulent year at Carrow Road, a corner may have turned for the Irish playmaker after Norwich's new manager Neil Adam included Hoolahan in his squad for their pre-season friendly against Braintree Town.

Meanwhile, former Ireland international Leon Best also faces an uncertain future after he was yesterday excluded from the 27-man squad that Blackburn Rovers took to Portugal for a pre-season training camp.

Irish Independent

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