Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has broken his silence to insist he is happy to stay at Wolves and is keen to help the club “right some wrongs”.
Doyle has been at the centre of intense speculation about his future all summer following Wolves’ relegation to League One.
But a combination of his high wages and a £2 million asking price ensured he remained at Molineux after the transfer window shut on Monday night despite a late move from Leicester City to try and sign him.
Now that the window has closed, Doyle has decided to speak out about his future and the interest there was in him — and to make it clear he has no problems playing in League One despite the fact that it has cost him his international place.
He said: “There were bits and pieces and opportunities but nothing that went anywhere or to a, ‘What should I do’ situation?
“I weighed it all up and a lot goes through your mind during the summer and I had to make some decisions.
“It’s about sticking around and trying to have a positive year.
“If I do leave this club in years to come I want to do it with my head held high instead of going now when maybe it might be the easier thing to do. In the short-term you might think it’s League One but in the more medium-term it could be different.
“If I look back in years to come when my career is over, would I prefer the achievement of sticking at it and trying to help this club get back up the divisions or jumping ship and perhaps ending up in another dogfight or whatever it was going to be?
“I think in the long run I am hoping I will get more satisfaction from trying to put right some of the wrongs of the last few years.
“Whether we can do that or not remains to be seen.”
Doyle has been in dialogue with Wolves all summer and admits both he and the club were in something of a difficult position.
“Obviously we’ve come from the Premier League to League One in two years and the contracts we signed weren’t envisaged to be in this situation,” Doyle said.
“For that reason it was an open summer for me and for the club.
“They were very honest with me and said they’d like to keep me but also had to be mindful of the financial aspect. That was the way it was all summer.
“Unless it was something that was the right move for me I was very happy where I am.
“That’s the 100% truth — the door was kept open for me to stay by the club.”
Doyle added: “They were mindful of things financially but the gaffer spoke to me and said he would like to keep me if he could. If you jump ship to go somewhere else it’s not always a bed of roses.
“You can move and maybe end up with a relegation battle or you stay here and try and improve on the disaster of the last two seasons.
“I wasn’t going to leave just to go to the Premier League and maybe do it just for one season to be back where we might be playing next season if things go well.
“I have been in that situation having a number of years in the Premier League and sometimes it’s not the be-all and end-all.
“It’s not nice fighting all the time where the achievement is just to avoid relegation every season.
“After five or six years of doing it I don’t find that very stimulating to be honest.
“I’m enjoying the challenge of hopefully getting this club back to a position where everyone can be proud of it again and the fans can be proud of the players and the coaches.
“It won’t be easy and it’s a long, long season, hopefully I can be part of it this year.
“It’s a good challenge now to try and put things right.”
Doyle believes Wolves have the players to achieve the goal of promotion.
He said: “The club have kept a good, strong squad and have brought some good players in.
“We have the ability to go up and just need to put it all together on the pitch.”
The former Cork City striker is also relishing being back out on the pitch.
He added: “It has been an enjoyable few games to be a part of since I came in and the support from the fans has been fantastic.
“I didn’t really know what to expect. I could rightly have been given plenty of stick but they have been tremendous from my first appearance.”
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