Ireland wing-back Matt Doherty returns to Wolves
Matt Doherty has signed for Wolves after being released by Atletico Madrid.
Ireland wing-back Matt Doherty has re-joined Wolves, three years after leaving Molineux to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old spent the second half of last season with Atletico Madrid after a manic deadline day which involved an administrational mishap from Spurs.
Doherty was due to sign with Atleti on a six-month loan but while he was travelling to Spain, Tottenham simultaneously reached the maximum amount of players they were allowed to loan out at one time.
As a result, he terminated his deal with the North Londoners to sign a permanent deal with Atletico Madrid. The lure of learning from Diego Simeone was a big motivation for the Swords native but he sadly failed to start a single league match during what turned out to be a disappointing spell.
Matt Doherty welcomed back to Wolves.
Wolves sporting director Matt Hobbs said: “We’re really happy Matt’s back and he’s one the manager really wanted when he knew he was available.
“After Spurs and Atletico Madrid, he’s hungry to prove himself again, and will add strength in depth to the full-back area, providing competition and making us better in those positions.
“He knows the club and what it means to play here – he’s been successful at Wolves before and knows what the fans want.
“For us, it’s another homegrown player, but one who can share his knowledge and the required standards across the group, so he will be able to slot back in no problem.”
Irish in the Premier League.
Ireland will have a number of senior internationals playing in the Premier League next season after a busy couple of months in the transfer market.
Chiedozie Ogbene joining Luton Town from Rotherham United made major headlines but Dara O’Shea’s move from West Brom to Burnley and Nathan Collins’s switch from Wolves to Brentford also made for welcomed news.
The promotion of John Egan’s Sheffield United, as well as Josh Cullen, Michael Obafemi, Luke McNally and the aforementioned Dara O’Shea’s Burnley also makes for encouraging reading for supporters of the Boys in Green.
With Caoimhin Kelleher, Andrew Omobamidele and Jayson Molumby among those who could still land a move, Stephen Kenny could hypothetically field a full Premier League eleven next September.