Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Vokes has discounted suggestions he may be forced to go out on loan to ply his trade with the arrival of a fifth top class striker at Molineux.
Instead the 19-year-old impact player insists he is going to use the club’s current tour Down Under and their pre-season preparations in Perth, Western Australia, to press manager Mick McCarthy into considering him in his squad come the new Barclays Premier League in August.
Wolves have just shelled out a reported record £6.5 million for Reading and Ireland International Kevin Doyle which takes the tally of strikers to five.
Supporters are already dreaming of a blistering strike partnership involving Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who was Wolves’ 25-goal man last season.
Vokes however insists he has plans to spoil the party whilst also accepting competition can only be good for the team.
He said: ”At this stage of the season everybody’s got a point to prove to try to persuade the gaffer to get a place for the season.
“For the new lads coming in it’s good. They’ve joined in well this week and got off to a good start.
“With the new signings coming in there’s lots of players fighting for spots for the start of the season and it can only be good for the team.”
Commenting on whether he might go out on loan to secure regular football in the forthcoming season, Vokes said: “I am not looking at that, not at all.
“I’ve come back here pre-season and my focus is on playing here and whatever happens.
“Hopefully I’ll get my chance here at Wolves in the Premier League. “
Vokes revealed the squad was now raring to go and looking forward to the challenge the new season will bring.
“There’s a massive buzz around the place,” he confirmed.
“It’s been a hard first week in training but everyone’s just looking forward to the Premier League.
“I’ll hopefully get my chance. Obviously I have come along quickly because I was playing League One football the year before last and now I’m hopefully jumping up to the big league. But that’s what you’re here to do. You can’t beat playing at that level.”