Wolves announce Ricketts deal
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wolves have signed Rohan Ricketts after he was released by Spurs.Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced the signing of Rohan Ricketts on a two-year contract after he was released by Tottenham.
The midfielder had moved to Molineux from the London outfit on loan in March and will now link up with his new team-mates on a permanent basis in July.
The move sees the England Under-21 international sign for Glenn Hoddle once again after the former Spurs boss convinced him to cross the North London divide in 2002 from rivals Arsenal.
Hoddle expressed his delight at the capture of Ricketts, declaring that he would play a central role in the future of the Midlands side.
"We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Rohan, it is great news for the club," Hoddle told the club's official website.
"Rohan impressed during his loan spell at Wolves this season and once it was announced that he would soon be a free agent then we were keen to begin talks with him about a permanent deal.
"He's young, has lots of ability and is one for the future.
"We're all looking forward to seeing more from him, a player of his age will improve and he is a good buy for us now and for the years to come.
"I know a few other clubs were after him but it's good for the club all round that we managed to secure this agreement with him."
Leeds, Reading and Sheffield United were all linked with rival bids for the player, who said he was keen to continue his education under Hoddle despite other interest.
"I am really looking forward to next season," said Ricketts.
"I am excited by the prospect of being involved with a club of this status, and with such a great chance of us getting back up to The Premiership.
"Once I heard Glenn was staying here I knew my heart would be here.
"I had offers from other clubs in both the Premier League and The Championship but there is such a big opportunity here I couldn't pass it by.
"There are a lot of good players here, both young and experienced, and we all can't wait to come back for pre-season and start that promotion push."