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irish wolves at the door

A miserable year for Wolves equals bad news for Ireland. Mick McCarthy shopped for Irish players and now they must consider their futures.

In the short term, they have the excitement of Euro 2012, after a torrid club campaign. However, a degree of uncertainty surrounds their next step. With four likely members of Giovanni Trapattoni's squad affected, it's far from an ideal situation.

Kevin Doyle

The biggest worry for Trapattoni. At his best, Doyle is central to Ireland's style, an outlet for long balls who can bring others into play with his unselfish running. But the Wexford man has been nowhere near his best this season and has been restricted to a substitute role during the run-in.

It would be a surprise if he didn't secure a move away this summer. The only stumbling block would be the price as he is tied to a long, lucrative contract. Former employers Reading are just one possible destination.

Stephen Hunt

Not a good season for the winger, who was in and out of McCarthy's team before injury prevented him from being involved in the dying stages of the survival effort. Hunt earns €35,000 a week and, coming towards the end of his deal, the new manager may decide to reduce the wage bill. Hunt (30) may not want to drop a level and still has strong links with Reading.

Stephen Ward

The ex-Bohemians man signed a new contract in November and is still only 26, so it would probably make sense for him to stick at Molineux and play a part in the attempt to bounce back.

Kevin Foley

The versatile performer signed a new contract last year so has no pressing need to depart the club. However, he's been there for a long time and could possibly benefit from a change.

The next pack...

Matt Doherty/Anthony Forde/ Aaron McCarey

This trio could actually benefit from relegation. Doherty could assume more responsibility and so too could Forde, a teenager who broke through this season. McCarey, a goalkeeper, could move up the pecking order.

Irish Independent