Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Michael Kightly has ended speculation that he wants a move away from Molineux by signing a new four-year contract.
The England under-21 international had been linked with a move to several Premier League clubs during the summer, despite Wanderers repeatedly stating he was not for sale.
However, he has committed his future to Wolves to give manager Mick McCarthy a welcome boost 24 hours after midfielder Seyi Olofinjana handed in a transfer request.
“I’m really pleased that the deal has been completed,” Kightly said. “I hope it will stop all of this talk about me wanting to leave.
“I’ve really enjoyed myself at Wolves and I hope that has shown with the passion in my play. I wear the Wolves shirt with pride and will continue to do so.
“I can’t wait for the season to start. We’ve got a good, young squad and, with a couple of additions, I don’t see why we can’t have a successful season. The club is going in the right direction. Everyone concerned with it wants to be in the Premier League and I want to be there with them.”
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey had issued a statement earlier this month in an effort to end the speculation. #
“Our chairman, Steve Morgan, went on the record at the end of April with a clear and unequivocal message: ‘Our best young players are not for sale’,” he said.
“We’ve got an exciting young team at Molineux and we are building something special. Michael wants to be a part of that.
“We will not allow this kind of rumour and speculation to disrupt our plans.”
Yesterday, Moxey expressed his delight at Kightly’s new contract and said the club was expecting to add to the squad in the coming weeks.
“Michael has been an outstanding player both on and off the field since he joined us from Grays Athletic,” he said. “We are delighted that he has signed a new four year contract, committing himself to Wolves for the long term.
“We expect some new signings to do likewise in the very near future as we look to build a young, settled and exciting squad for the new season.”
Meanwhile, former Walsall manager Richard Money has been appointed academy director at Newcastle United.
Money established a strong reputation as a coach who was able to develop young talent during his two years at the Banks’s Stadium and he is relishing the challenge of unearthing homegrown talent at St James’ Park.
“It’s too big a job to turn down. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me,” he said.
“I probably needed the break but now I’m refreshed and I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.”
The 52-year-old will work alongside Joe Joyce, the club’s academy manager and other coaching staff in developing the club’s youth academy.