Saturday 16 December 2017

Dubliner Matt Doherty secures three year with Wolves

Matt Doherty
Matt Doherty

Championship side Wolves have shown their faith in Irish defender Matt Doherty by handing the Dubliner a new three-year contract.

The 23-year-old has made over 80 first team appearances for Wolves since he moved from Bohemians in 2010, including a spell in the Premier League.

Doherty had a year left on his current deal but boss Kenny Jackett was keen to have him tied down on a long-term contract and he's now signed up until 2018, with an option to remain on until 2019.

"I am really pleased," said manager Jackett.

"At 23 years of age, Matt is at a point in his career where we feel his best years are ahead of him."

Now one of the club's longest serving players, Doherty said: "I feel like I am very involved here now having been here for a few years. I wanted to stay and am glad that the club wanted me to stay too".

The ex-Bohs man has yet to win a call-up to the senior Ireland squad but he has ambitions to join former team-mates from the U21 squad such as Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy in getting the call from Martin O'Neill.

Wolves have had a tough start to the season and with only eight points from seven games find themselves in the wrong half of the table.

Meanwhile, Ireland U17 team boss Tom Mohan has included Swedish-based talent Lukas Browning in his squad for their European Championship qualifiers.

The Irish squad have arrived in Finland for their three-game series in the first stage of Euro qualification, taking on host nation Finland (Thursday), Malta (Saturday) and Sweden (Tuesday).

Defender Browning, who plays for Stockholm side Brommapojkarna and qualifies through the parentage rule, is in the squad but Mohan is without the injured quartet of Anthony Scully, Aaron O'Driscoll, Rian O'Sullivan and Thomas O'Connor.

"It'll definitely be a tough opener against the hosts and overall there's nothing easy about this group. For a qualifying phase I feel all three games will be difficult test," said Mohan.

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