Midfielder Darren Potter turned down the chance to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers and has vowed to battle for a regular place in the side, manager Mick McCarthy has revealed.
The 23-year-old Irishman was offered the opportunity to be placed on the transfer list and there would have been no shortage of interested parties in the former Liverpool player, who has struggled to hold down a regular place in McCarthy's midfield.
McCarthy said he was delighted with Potter's attitude and was pleased he had turned down his offer as Wolves are now profiting from the player's return to form.
"Before the transfer deadline, when Darren wasn't playing, I asked him if he wanted to go on the list," McCarthy said. "I told him to go away and think about it.
"He came back in the following day and said he didn't want to go anywhere, he wanted to fight for his place. He has shown that and he has played well.
"He's knuckled down and he's been brilliant.
He's deserved to play in recent weeks I couldn't deny him that. He has really stood out for me.
"Most of the time, you'd think Seyi Olofinjana would play in front of him but, because of the way Darren has trained and the way he's conducted himself, he's deserved his place."
McCarthy has also revealed he opted for experience instead of youth to turn his side's current form around at Crystal Palace last Saturday.
After the poor display in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Cardiff City the week before, pressure was on McCarthy to make wholesale changes to his side but he resisted the urge, believing the experience of the likes of goalscorers Michael Gray and Kevin Kyle would see them through and he was proved right as Wolves won 2-0 at Selhurst Park.
"I don't want anyone to think the changes I made or the team selection at Crystal Palace was based wholly on the Cardiff performance the week before," he said.
"I don't do knee-jerk reactions, I'm not into changing the team for the sake of it. One of my strengths is my loyalty to people and belief in people. I knew that experienced players like Gary Breen, Gray and Kyle wouldn't be fazed by going to Palace.
"There was a bit of me that thought about including Daniel Jones but not in that situation when we needed to beat Palace to go above them and everything seemed to be conspiring against us. That's when you need that experience.
"Breeny and Jody Craddock are lads who are experienced Neill Collins is not that old but he's played games and he was desperate to come back. "I think Kevin Foley has been absolutely brilliant but I knew how they would play they'd put it in amongst us and try and play the ball in behind, and I thought the back four handled that really well."
Wolves fielded a strong side for Monday night's Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final against Birmingham City.
Darron Gibson, Olofinjana, Andy Keogh, Freddy Eastwood and Jay Bothroyd were in the starting 11 that was beaten 1-0, courtesy of a Mauro Zarate strike.