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Wolves' Irish duo have too much 'baggage'

WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett says he remains eager to get rid of Irish internationals Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle as they are still carrying the "baggage" of successive relegations with the club.

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was at Molineux yesterday to see Wolves take on a Norwich side who had Wes Hoolahan back in their starting XI but Matt Doherty was the only Irishman involved for Wolves who enjoyed a 1-0 win, as Ward and Doyle remain out in the cold as far as Jackett is concerned.

Brighton held talks with Wolves over a move for Ward last week but the clubs failed to reach agreement.

"It's a different group, I think it is a different emphasis, it needed players without the baggage of two relegations," says Jackett of his current panel.

"They needed a move as well. Some of them like Stephen Ward got a loan move to Brighton played left back all season and got in the top six.

"Doyle did well at QPR but I felt as much as the club needed to move them on. Those players needed a fresh start as well because it is tough to carry two relegations like that.

He used Ward and Doyle sparingly in pre-season but does not want them involved in the short-term, hopeful that exits can be secured.

"In terms of 'will I use them?', they haven't been part of my plans just yet and I would doubt that's going to change because my focus is on the group we're going to have," said Jackett.

"I would suggest in the next few weeks there will be some movement. The games are starting, managers will assess their team and people will get injured."


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