Belfast Telegraph

Mancienne relishing chance to shine

Michael Mancienne admits the influence on his development of Wolves boss Mick McCarthy and a thirst for first-team football persuaded him to rejoin the club for a third loan spell.

The Chelsea utility player has linked up with Wolves for a third time, until the end of the current campaign. Mancienne previously had spells at Molineux in the Championship during 2008-09 and then last season on their return to the Barclays Premier League.

The 22-year-old was also linked with a move to West Ham and Newcastle before committing himself to Wolves. Mancienne said: "It didn't look like anything was going to happen with Chelsea and I want to play."

He added: "Wolves have been very good to me in the past and I'm delighted to be back.

"In a way it feels like I'm coming back home and I'm really looking forward to the season.

"There were other alternatives, but the gaffer here has been really good to me and had faith in me and helped me improve my game.

"That played a big part in my decision."

McCarthy preferred to sign Mancienne for a further loan spell rather than pay Chelsea in region of £4-5 million.

He said: "We know Michael's quality and it's great to have him back.

"He's very versatile and can operate in different positions."

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