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Kightly makes heartfelt goodbye

Kightly makes heartfelt goodbye

Michael Kightly has made an emotional farewell at Wolves, breaking the mould following his move to Stoke.

When a player usually makes a move between clubs his first port of call is to his new side, after all, they are now his employers, they are the ones paying him, they are the ones he has to work and they are the ones he has to get on with on a daily basis.

A player then usually tries to get his new fans onside, telling them how great it is to join such a great club and play for such passionate and knowledgeable fans etc etc.

It's usually so predictable that it wouldn't surprise me if players are handed a guidebook with some special quotes that they have to shoehorn into their interviews.

But Kightly has not stuck to the script as he has thanked Wolverhampton Wanderers and spoken about how hard it was to leave. He still threw in some positives and reasons behind the move, but the bias was towards his old club rather than his new club.

"I`m genuinely gutted to be leaving Wolves where I`ve had so many good times, While I`m delighted to be staying in the Premier League, it was always going to be a really difficult decision to leave. Wolves gave me my opportunity at this level and I`ll always be indebted to them. I just felt I needed a fresh challenge and go down a different path." he told the Express & Star.

Kightly also addressed the fans, with the 26-year-old explaining that he understood the frustration that some fans will have but ultimately hoping that he will be remembered fondly.

He continued: "I`ll be criticised by some fans and there is the opinion that the club stuck by me through my injury problems and now I`m leaving, I understand those views, and I may never be able to change them, but I also hope fans would remember me as a player who gave absolutely everything I could for Wolves every time I wore the shirt.

"I always had a great relationship with the fans, and I hope in time they`ll remember all the good things that happened at the club while I was there. I`d like to wish Wolves every success and I hope they can have a good season and get back to the Premier League."

Vital Wolves Comment: While disappointed he has gone, I won't be joining the group of labelling him a Judas. His desire to move is understandable following relegation, but this interview showed a bit of class.

I wish we could have tied him down to a longer contract sooner so perhaps we could have held on to him, but ultimately I'll wish him well.

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Date:Friday August 10 2012
Time: 11:00AM


Why didnt he just sign the F&*$ing contract, wolves is a perfectly good club!
10/08/2012 11:24:00
yes "after" he had already told "all" what a big club he was joining with great facilities, a big ground and of course such passionate fans, it was "only" after recieving the criticism that he came out with his statement - not before!
10/08/2012 11:27:00
Just accept you've done us over Judas. Can only hope we get the last laugh like we did with Camara and Mcindoe
10/08/2012 11:35:00
I am really annoyed that he did this, but I know he'll do great there, the stoke style will really suit him. Maybe a fantasy football gem on the cards here
10/08/2012 13:08:00
And now it appears that Fletcher is refusing to play in the first team. What a child!!! I'd cut his wages to reserve team level and stick him on the bench for the reserves for a season. As for Kites...if we are that great and he's that sad...why leave for the clay heads??? Lip service.
10/08/2012 14:18:00
He said he needed a new challenge it would of been a challenge for him to actually play a full season for Wolves now thats what i call a challenge.
10/08/2012 14:30:00
Michael, you're just one of the many thousands of players that have passed through our club and there'll be thousands more after you. You won't be remembered at all past the next couple of years, just another non-entity that baled out as soon as the loyalty you demanded was due to be reciprocated.Your place in the most detested team in the PL awaits you. The home of anti-football:The Stadium of Sh**te, with their 'great fans'. I hope everything goes wrong for you and that your injury problems continue. F***k you, you little **** and may your badtimes be endless.... *sigh*, that feels better.
10/08/2012 20:19:00
Micheal I wish you success in your first half season at The Claypot. Unlikely you will play much in the second - lets face it Kites you did not manage more than half a season since 2008-09. But we stuck with!
12/08/2012 02:29:00
'.......baled out as soon as the loyalty you (had) demanded was due to be reciprocated'. That is precisely it, WS84. The rest is in bad taste, extreme bad taste, and is what can get players in this situation to hit back and the possibility, if not the probability, of undoing all that they held as positive about their former club and fans. If you must accuse someone of not being a gentleman, you should see to it that you are all the more one yourself.
12/08/2012 07:50:00
I agree with you lovesW. I have already declared my disappointment over Kightly's departure, given the club's investment in time, effort and money on him ... but with limited reward. However, I have been appalled at the depth of hatred exhibited by fellow-WW fans towards MK, SF and MJ on this and other sites. Regarding SF, I feel that the club has not treated him properly and did not fully appreciate his ability for some time. After his injuries, he was not given time to work his way back to match fitness so that when he did not instantly replicate his best form, he was unceremoniously dumped. He only got his chance because MM had little option. Of course, I do not want him to go but in the circumstances I would take the £12m+ from Sunderland and wish him bon voyage. Think what defenders we we could sign up with the money.
12/08/2012 11:52:00
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