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Thursday 17 August 2017

Jackett expects Doyle and Ward to leave Wolves

Kevin Doyle, Republic of Ireland. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Kevin Doyle, Republic of Ireland. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

WOLVES manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that he expects Ireland outcast Kevin Doyle (pictured) to leave the club as the League One outfit cannot afford his wages, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Doyle, who has two years left on a contract worth an estimated £40,000 a week at Wolves, was not involved in their draw with Preston on the opening day of the new league season.

Stephen Ward – who has been sent off to train with the club's youth team – was also left out of the match-day squad as Wolves try to prepare a way for the Ireland duo to leave.

Celtic failed in an initial £500,000 bid for Doyle and the player, who was not included in the Ireland squad for this month's friendly with Wales, is stuck in limbo, with Wolves holding out for more than the Celtic bid and unwilling to play Doyle in case an injury would scupper the transfer deal they need to get him off the payroll.

"To sum his situation up he is not somebody that I have pushed to one side or overlooked but he is in a situation where I haven't been planning with him because the expectation is that I was thinking he would go," said Jackett of Doyle, who is the club's record signing.

"He is not match fit but with the injuries we picked up today it will be an interesting one in terms of him coming on and being able to contribute.

"In terms of Kevin generally, his wages are too high for League One where we are.

"That is common knowledge. Between now and the end of the window there will be interest in him but, in the meantime, he is not somebody that I am necessarily going to close the door on – if he is right and available for selection and the team needs him.

"It's maybe a little bit of everything, coming off the back of some speculation in the summer things have gone quite quiet. Coming into the club he (Doyle) is not someone that I necessarily planned or thought would really be around.

"I focused on other people but when suddenly you pick up a few injuries you have to make sure that you use all of your squad.

"And if that is needed, then you do it."

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