Jackie McNamara's season has only really just begun. So when the 2005-06 campaign ends on Sunday he will be one of the few at Molineux to express remorse.

For the most part, this has been a miserable season for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and for McNamara, who sustained a knee injury in September and returned to action as a half-time substitute against Brighton & Hove Albion only last Saturday.

Wolves won 1-0 but noone at Molineux, not least Glenn Hoddle, the manager, would claim that the season has been anything other than disappointing.

McNamara relished the chance to return. He should be in the starting line-up for the match away to Norwich City on Sunday and will then, appropriately, take a holiday.

"It was good to be back in the first team, playing in front of a crowd again," McNamara said. "For me, personally, it would be nice to keep on playing, so it's a pity it's all coming to a close so soon.

"It's been a long wait to get back in but I'm just happy to have got out there and got a half in. The pitch was a bit better than playing for the reserves and it certainly makes a difference.

"But, more than anything, I'm just happy that I've got in the team again before the end of the season and have got myself in focus for next year. I've had different injuries over my career and I've always been a quick healer but this was the worst one.

"The medical team has been great with me and it's just been a case of working hard. Sometimes you know when it's time for a day's rest and it's all worked out well.

"I'm now looking forward to a good holiday after the last game, a few weeks away with the family, because that's something I've not had for a few years.

"That will give me the chance to come back and start again, hopefully with a good pre-season to set me up for a better run next season."