There’s something special about the way Mick McCarthy, Jez Moxey and Steve Morgan go about their business in the summer. As the supporters of clubs around us are taking to the message boards to complain about their lack of activity and ambition, Wolves fans, yet again, have the feeling of great satisfaction.
The new season was still over a month away when Wolves completed the signing of centre-half Roger Johnson, the third new addition to our squad this summer. Johnson, 28, needs no introduction as everyone has taken note of his fantastic performances in the Premiership over the last two seasons with Birmingham. With reports this week suggesting we paid as little as £4m for him, it is simply a case of yet another piece of brilliant from the Wolves board.
Jamie O’Hara has also joined the club on a permanent basis this summer. After a string of fantastic performances during his loan spell in the latter half of the season, the management team moved quickly yet again in order to ensure we captured his signature. Once again there are reports that Wolves may have paid just £3.5m for Jamie – which in today’s market is an absolute steal for a player of his quality. Add to this the signing of former-Swansea goalkeeper Dorus de Vries on a free transfer, and it has already been an extremely successful transfer window for Wolves.
The refreshing thing about our football club is that those at the top of the hierarchy are so sensible. McCarthy, Moxey and Morgan don’t go out and spend money recklessly on older ‘big shots’ looking for their final payday. They don’t just look for the right player; they look for the right person. Everyone that has been brought to the club in recent years is well known for their passion and desire just as well as their footballing ability. The likes of Matt Jarvis, Kevin Doyle and new-boy Jamie O’Hara prove this. They bleed Wolves blood, and it is so important that they do. There is a real feeling of togetherness at the football club, right from the top of the club down to the supporters – it feels very special and everybody knows we are a club moving in the right direction.