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Iwelumo ready to fight for place

Chris Iwelumo
Iwelumo is one of four strikers targeting two starting spots

Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo says he is ready to fight for his place in the starting line-up this season.

The former Charlton hitman is battling Andy Keogh, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Sam Vokes for a place in the first-team.

"That's what competition is all about. You've got to make sure you're on the ball, to make sure you're starting the next weekend," Iwelumo told BBC WM.

"You've got to do whatever you can to put your name in the gaffer's mind. Competition's a fantastic thing."

Iwelumo scored on his first appearance in front of his home fans, converting a penalty in the 4-2 pre-season win over Premier League side Blackburn.

Playing with wingers there's going to be crosses coming in, and that's the sort of service I thrive on

Chris Iwelumo

The striker was eager to pick the ball up as soon as George Elokobi was tripped in the box by David Dunn.

"I've taken penalties for Stoke and Colchester and I'm comfortable with it, so hopefully I'll stick a few away through the season as well," he said.

The 30-year old striker also revealed that he chose Wolves this summer because of Mick McCarthy's commitment to playing with two genuine wingers.

"When I spoke to the gaffer before I came it was one of the key influences," Iwelumo noted.

"He's playing with wingers, there's going to be crosses coming in, and that's the sort of service I thrive on.

"Hopefully that happens, hopefully it all goes to plan, and I'll get a lot of goals this season."


see also
Bothroyd completes Cardiff move
04 Aug 08 |  Cardiff
Mimms returns as coach to Rovers
04 Aug 08 |  Blackburn
Gray signs one-year Wolves deal
02 Aug 08 |  Wolves
Iwelumo completes Wolves switch
14 Jul 08 |  Wolves


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