Date:Friday July 21 2006
When Seyi George Olofinjana signed for Wolves he made no secret of his desire to join fellow Nigerian International Jay Jay Okocha in The Premiership, and few, least not the bookies, disagreed that he would achieve that at Molineux.
That first season proved to be something of a baptism of fire, with Dave Jones, the manager that signed him being sacked 3 months into the season following an uninspired start to the campaign, and a harsh introduction to the more physical side of The Championship.
'When I arrived here two years ago I had so much belief in the club's ambition to reach the Premiership. When you see the calibre of players we had then, and even last season, I can't believe we're still in the Championship." Seyi said ahead of the weekends tie with Swansea.
Under Glenn Hoddle Seyi looked likely to fulfill the potential Dave Jones saw in him until an injury picked up at Reading.
Following an awful challenge that flipped him fully in the air, Seyi damaged his back, which was thought to be a minor injury at first. He continued to play , but it was evident to anyone that saw him, that something wasn`t right.
Missing a majority of last season, and eventually traveling to America to solve the problem, Seyi was diagnosed as having broken a bone in his spine, and a rehabilitation plan was put in place which would lead him abroad in a bid to fully regain his fitness for the 2006/7 campaign, something he is on course to achieve.
Ahead of the weekend, Seyi has met with Jez Moxey to establish where the club are going, and where he sees himself fitting in with those plans, although he is at pains to point out that this is far from a Henri Camara situation.
'It's just a case of players checking their own personal ambitions are matched by the club. Whatever happens I will always carry on concentrating and doing my job. I have two years left on my contract as a Wolves player and nothing will get in the way of that.'
A vast majority of the squad Seyi first joined have now either retired, or moved to pastures new, and it is only in the last few days that the club have acted to replenish their number, something he admits, came as a bit of a shock.
"It's a bit surprising for a club like Wolverhampton Wanderers to have so many people leave,' he admitted
'Of course some players always leave at the end of a season but I've been surprised that so many went without anyone really coming in."
If there wasn`t enough pressure at Molineux already, the dwindling numbers have increased it somewhat, and that puts an extra burden on the senior players still left within the side.
But in a clear signal that Seyi is getting back to something approaching his majestic best, he ends on a positive high.
'With all the players that have left I know there could be a lot on my shoulders next season but that is just the same for the other lads.
'That is why we have to make sure we are fully focused on what lies ahead but to honest, after all my injury problems, I'm raring to go.'
Vital Wolves has long championed the cause of the powerfully built Nigerian, and believes that there is more, much more to come from him. He still remains an excellent reader of the game, links the midfield and the forwards superbly, and on his day, can dictate the speed, tempo and style of attack that Wolves launch.
Given the free reign to do what he does best, attack, this could well be Seyi Olofinjana`s season.
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