Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme targeting starting berth

The Nigerian shot-stopper has spoken of his intent to fight for a place in Stale Solbakken's first team with Wayne Hennessey sidelined until September through injury
Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has vowed to impress new manager Stale Solbakken and make the number one shirt his own next season.

With established keeper Wayne Hennessey sidelined until September through injury, the 26-year-old is facing competition with Dorus de Vries to fill the gap.

And, Ikeme, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and Doncaster, believes everyone will have their chance to prove themselves to the new coach.

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"The new manager has come in," Ikeme told the Birmingham Mail. "It's a brave appointment by the board as he wasn't too well known over here but it's exciting times for the club.

"I don't know what his ideas are yet looking forward - and that goes for all of us. But I suppose it is a clean slate for everyone and my plan is obviously to kick on and be No.1.

"Maybe Stale Solbakken will see things in me that previous managers have not seen, or vice versa. All managers have their own preferences. It's a new start for everybody."

"The contract I signed last year has given me security and it also has given me an insight they want me to be at the club.

"Obviously I want to be playing and, with knowing they want me here, hopefully I can make it happen and start playing regularly."