BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 18:11 GMT, Friday, 28 January 2011

Jonathan Woodgate rejected Wolves loan - Mick McCarthy

Jonathan Woodgate vies with Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov for the ball
Woodgate (right) has not played since 2009 because of a serious groin injury

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that 30-year-old Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has turned down the chance to move to Molineux on loan.

McCarthy had hoped to recruit Woodgate, who is on the comeback trail after a career-threatening groin injury, in order to shore up his backline.

"He doesn't want to do it, he wants to fight for his place there, so fair play to him," McCarthy said.

"I haven't spoken to him, but that's the message I've got back."

Woodgate has not played for the first team because of the injury since November 2009 but has battled his way back to fitness and featured in a Spurs training-ground game on 18 January.


Although McCarthy admitted that Wolves, who have leaked seven goals in their last two Premier League games, have had "a few knockbacks" during this transfer window, one player who has moved to Molineux is Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths.

McCarthy said that 20-year-old Griffiths is talented, but not ready for the first team just yet.

"He's scored 45 goals in 90 games and he's got an eye for goal," McCarthy added.

"He's not up to speed here yet, in terms of being a Premiership player, but he's hungry to do it and he wants to get there.

"He's not a player to come into our team now and suddenly start scoring.

"If we can work with him and improve him, we may well have got ourselves a little gem."

Print Sponsor

see also
Woodgate plays in training match
18 Jan 11 |  Tottenham
Dundee's Griffiths set for Wolves
26 Jan 11 |  Wolves
Hill pens full-time Barnsley deal
26 Jan 11 |  Barnsley
Henry & Stearman pen Wolves deals
25 Jan 11 |  Wolves
Wolves sign Hammill from Barnsley
20 Jan 11 |  Wolves

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites