Date:Thursday April 20 2006
Wolves forgotten man Seyi George Olofinjana has spoken at length to The Evening Post about his lost season at Molineux.
After a bright start to his Wanderers career that saw him play a major part in their end of season run of form Seyi failed to live up to the expectation that surrounded him this year.
Poor performances led fans to question both the size of his £1.7m transfer fee from Brann Bergen, and his commitment to the Old Gold and Black.
But few have been aware of the extent of his debilitating back injury, or the fact that he has carried it for so long. Both a major factor in his early season form.
Having been out of the team since mid November, and failing to make the Nigerian Freedom Cup squad Seyi is keen to get back to his best for Wolves next campaign, and with two years still left on his Molineux contract, there are going to be plenty of chances for the powrefully built Nigerian to show what he's really made of
'I had been looking forward to this year and trying to build on the form shown towards the end of last season, I was ready to really step things up,' said Olofinjana.
'But the injury pretty much put paid to that, it was a big problem. It first happened during the Reading game at the end of last season, I have seen the incident on the DVD.
'It was a back problem and although it didn't affect me all that much during training or games I always felt it afterwards.
'I had a scan and nothing showed up but as time went on and on it just wasn't getting any better. When I went out and was then sent back from the African Nations Cup in January it was still giving me so much pain that I had another scan and an X-ray, and it showed there was a small crack in the bone.
'In a strange way it was probably a relief to find out what had gone wrong because it probably explained why I hadn't done as well as I'd hoped. At least then I was able to start the recovery process.'
'All the football I played last year, when I started the season in Norway and then played 46 games for Wolves, can't have helped,' he added. 'Then I had to play some internationals for Nigeria and I never really had enough time to rest.
'At least it will be different this time and I can just concentrate on getting myself fit again. Obviously it's been a very disappointing season both for me and the team because after finishing so well last time there was the real feeling we could push for promotion.
'It's sad that it didn't work out that way and I'm just disappointed for everyone at the club and the fans.
'There are now a lot of changes being talked about in terms of the club and the players but I am just looking forward to making a full recovery and getting back to playing football like I was before the injury.'
Seyi on form is a dream to behold. His passing, movement and vision put him a place above most midfielders in the Championship division.
And Vital Wolves looks forward to seing him shine once again when the new look Wolves squad is unveiled next season.
Welcome back Seyi.
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