Teenage striker Sam Vokes has vowed he hasn’t joined Wolverhampton Wanderers merely to make up the numbers.
The 18-year-old, signed from Bournemouth is one of three new faces at Wanderers’ Compton training ground and the Wales international stressed he is ready to fight for a first team place.
“There are some really good strikers here but like everyone says competition is good,” Vokes said. “Everyone knows how hard they’ve got to work to win a place and then keep it which can only be good for the team.
“It was a great confidence booster to hear the manager saying it was up to me to try and win a place in the line-up. It’s good to know to join a new club and hear that even though I’m young, if I work hard and do well I’ve got a chance.
“Wolves are a big club and it’s a good step-up for me and that is something to thrive on. The chance to play in front of crowds of 24,000 as the average was last season is an opportunity to relish.
“Going into the Championship is also a big step-up for me. It’s a new league for me because I haven’t played at this level before and that offers a new challenge. I just want to work hard this season and if so, who knows what might happen.”
Vokes said he had settled into the Wolves pack well as the pre-season training programme has commenced.
“It’s all gone great meeting the rest of the boys for the first time and I’ve been made to feel really welcome,” he added. “This first week is going to be hard work but that’s just part of football and I’m just trying to mingle in with the squad. It’s always nice to have a bit of a break in the summer but coming back to the hard work is what it’s all about at the end of the day.
“You have to get your fitness levels up to make sure you’re ready to go. Pre-season is always the hardest part of the campaign especially coming back from the summer but it’s all part of it and you have to knuckle down and work hard.
“It was great for me to get my move sorted at the start of the summer because it meant I could go away knowing where I was coming back for pre-season.
“I already know a couple of the boys from Wales and met a few more for the fitness assessments last week but it’s good to get back again and see them all.”