Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Matt Jarvis has said he was delighted to follow several of his team-mates and commit his future to the Championship leaders by signing a contract extension.
The 22-year-old has pledged himself to Wolves until 2012 because he is confident he can fulfil his ambition of playing Premier League football with the club.
“I’m delighted to have signed the extension and as soon as the possibility was there I was happy to get into the talks,” said Jarvis, who signed for Wolves from Gillingham in summer 2007 for an undisclosed fee.
“I’m very happy here. I enjoy playing for Wolves, the supporters have been very good to me and I just want to be part of things here for as long as I can, so to sign for the extra years is fantastic. I’ve had a couple of injuries but when I’ve played I’ve been pleased with my performances and I want to keep on playing well, and hopefully achieve success with Wolves.
“Everyone wants to play at the highest level they can and I am no different. We are all pushing in the same direction to try and get Wolves into the Premier League and it will be great if we can achieve it.”
Jarvis follows Andy Keogh, who agreed to remain at Molineux until 2012, and many of manager Mick McCarthy’s squad who are now on long-term deals.
“The fact everyone wants to stay is obviously a great sign,” Jarvis said. “Everyone is very happy here, there’s a good atmosphere and confidence is high. We’re all ready to battle on for the rest of the season.”
Wolves are in pole position, despite a dip, but Jarvis is convinced they will bounce back soon.
“Nothing has changed since the start of the season,” he added. “We’re still playing football, doing the right things and creating chances. Unfortunately, results haven’t gone our way recently but we are still top. It’s just a case of keeping our confidence for the last 14 games and picking up points because it’s in our hands.”
Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said the club never hesitated in taking up the one-year option on Jarvis’ contract and offering a further two years.
“Matt came in from Gillingham wanting to prove himself further at this level and he has done that,” he said. “We are very pleased with his performances since arriving and are confident he has a very bright future. He is a player we were very keen to keep for many years and are delighted he has agreed the extension.”
Manager McCarthy believes Wolves fans have yet to see the best of Jarvis.
“He was a relative unknown when we signed him and then we didn’t see him for a while because of his injury and that’s not easy when you go to a new club,” he said.
“He had to win everyone over but he’s done that and is now an integral part of the team. From here he’s only going to get better as well.”