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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
Irwin joins Wolves
Dave Jones and Denis Irwin
Wolves boss Dave Jones (left) and Denis Irwin
Former Manchester United full-back Denis Irwin has agreed a one-year deal with First Division Wolves.

The 36-year-old was released by United in June after 12 years at Old Trafford.

And the veteran defender has vowed to add another league winner's medal to the seven Premiership titles, two FA Cups and Champions League he won with United.


This year is going to be a big challenge and I'm looking forward to it
Denis Irwin

He said: "I wanted to join a club with ambition - one that provided a challenge, and Wolves were the biggest and best that came in for me.

"I've had a great 12 years at United but I'm looking forward to working hard here and hopefully winning the First Division championship.

"A lot of people have said to me go out and enjoy it but I can only enjoy it if I'm winning.

"I know just how big this club is and I know they should have gone up last season.

"This year is going to be a big challenge and I'm looking forward to it."

Wolves were pipped to the second automatic promotion place in Division One by arch-rivals West Brom last season despite setting the pace for most of the campaign.

They went on to lose to Norwich in the play-offs.

But manager Dave Jones believes Irwin's success will rub off on his squad this season, and was delighted to have fought off competition from a host of suitors for the full-back's signature.

He said: "His winning culture will rub off on both senior and younger players here.

"I tried to get him last season but he was involved in one or two cup competitions!

"I'm pleased to have picked up such an accomplished player whose pedigree is second to none.

"The experience he will bring to the squad is unprecedented. It was a scoop to pick him up with so many other clubs chasing him.

"He is without doubt a top professional and is going to be of great benefit to the club," he told the club's official website.

Irwin will miss the club's pre-season friendly against Kidderminster Harriers on Wednesday while he works on his fitness, but is set for a debut against Stockport on Saturday.

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