Paul Ince has saluted the resurgence of Joleon Lescott - and insisted he was the correct choice for Wolves' Player of the Year.
Ince (pictured) finished as runnerup to Lescott in the annual supporters' vote, with Lee Naylor coming in third.
But the man who sees Lescott as his long-term successor for the captain's armband at Molineux had no complaints about being beaten into second.
"I didn't think the award was right last year in going to Henri Camara because, for me, Alex Rae was outstanding," said Ince.
"But it's great for Joleon to pick it up because he's put a lot of hard work into getting fit having missed a season with injury.
"For people like that, who've got the hunger and desire and determination to get to the top an award like this gives them a boost to kick on.
"I think 'Nayls' also deserved to be on the shortlist because he has come on leaps and bounds in the last three months.
"His game has improved tenfold. His confidence is coming to the fore with his runs up and down the wing and we're now playing a system that allows him to do that.
"While I'm delighted to have been in the frame, I'm 37 now, I don't really need these awards so it's time to leave that sort of thing to the young-uns!"
Ince has been recommended for a new one-year deal by boss Glenn Hoddle and is waiting on whether his former England boss stays on before deciding whether to take up any offer.
Despite missing the final three games of the season with injury, Ince has enjoyed renewing acquaintances with Hoddle, with his return to the starting line-up coinciding with the launch of Wolves' unbeaten run.
That, and the support of the fans, makes him eager to carry on.
"Glenn is a fantastic manager as he has proved again over the last six months and I hope he stays because it's been good to work with him again," Ince added.
"Everyone knows how much I love playing for Wolves and the affinity I've got with the fans.
"As I said this time last year, it was the fans - along with the manager and the press - who would tell me when I wasn't playing well and it was time to pack up.
"So it was a big issue for me to be voted in the top three of Player of the Year because it suggests the fans appreciate the service I have given to the club this season."