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Striker Signing In The Bag

Wolves should complete the formalities of a deal that sees Stephen Elliott join Mick McCarthy's side on a three year deal tommorow.

The former Sunderland Young Player Of The Year was initially signed for The Black Cats by the very same man that has brought him to Molineux, scoring 16 goals in his first season before the word Wolves fans dread to hear, injury forced him onto the sidelines and out of the picture at The Stadium Of Light.

Elliot is expected to join the rest of the squad in Ireland this evening ahead of friendlies against Bray and Bohemians.

Counting Franek and Jemal Johnson, that brings McCarthy's forward options to seven.

Even without two players with only slim chances of opportunities, 5 strikers fighting for two berths will provide fierce competition for a place in the starting line up.

It will be interesting to see how those left on the sidelines and in the reserves deal with with warming the subs bench if any two manage to strike up an instant goalscoring partnership.

With the front line now seemingly catered for, eyes will now be turning to other areas of the squad, namely defence for a tune up and further strengthening.

Although with McCarthy dropping hints that Lee Collins may have a role to play this season, Charlie Mulgrew's return to fitness, the addition of Darren Ward and the return of rob Edwards perhaps that's not as urgent a requirement as some fans seem to think.

Surely now that kills the pointless Robbie Fowler debate, and the Matty Fryatt for a fortune rumour doing the rounds on the wonderful world of the interweb.

Mick McCarthy's squad is now starting to take shape, and the emphasis would seem to be on attack.

Dynamic wingers, an arsenal of strikers, and the possibility of more players to come.

What a difference a year makes.

The Journalist

Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 17 2007

Time: 6:33PM

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Mick McCarthy has definitely turned things around and seems to be assembling a strong, young squad to push for Promotion. It's one of the games I'm looking forward to this season in fact (I'm BlackpoolVital editor btw) and I firmly believe you'll finish somewhere around about 4th position this season. Good luck - minus the two games against us of course ;-)
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17/07/2007 18:52:00

Things are getting better by the day. This is a very good signing and I think what Stuart said in his article hits the nail on the head, how will the players left out react. Will they fight for it or throw the towel in. In my opinion this is exactly what you need to get the best out of someone like Bothroyd, who at his best is brilliant and at his worst somewhat arrogant and selfish. Lets hope the signings keep coming, Iím sure we havenít seen the last of them and with the likes of Lee Collins coming through from the academy we look to have a very good squad to kick the season off.
The Petton Wolf
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17/07/2007 19:11:00

Welcome Jerry. Cost of 1 Carl Cort + Cost of One Kenny Miller > One Mick McCarthy Squad Amazing. It's not just the cost of it though. Anyone could buy a cheap squad,. He has built a team. And one that could stay together for a fair few seasons as well. exciting times.
Stuart Smith
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17/07/2007 19:48:00

At least we can expect the luck of the Irish for next season!
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17/07/2007 23:08:00

I'm pleased but a little surprised as I thought our four front-line strikers (Eastwood, Keogh, Ward, Bothroyd) was enough. Presumably Ward will go out on loan? The side is really developing well, assuming that Mulgrew can get a decent run in the side and build confidence - and either Little or Henry will do the job at right back, I guess. McCarthy has built extreme competition for most places without breaking the bank, which is very refreshing for Wolves.
patrick cothew
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18/07/2007 09:11:00

I suppose with only 4, if one gets injured, and chances are they will, we would be down to two on the field, one on the bench. On that basis 5 doesnt seem too much like overkill
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