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Officially official: Ricketts joins Wolves on two year deal

Chris Brunskill

The Sam Ricketts saga has reached its conclusion with the player officially putting pen to paper at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The now-former versatile Bolton defender has signed a two-year contract at Wolves, working with their new manager, Kenny Jackett, for the second time in his career. It was Jackett that signed Ricketts from non-league Telford United to Swansea City, really giving the now-31-year-old his big break.

Despite having agreed a fee for the defender, Bolton Wanderers and Sam Ricketts mutually agreed to cancel the player's contract, effectively allowing him to join the League One side on a free.

Speaking to Wolves' website, Ricketts was excited by the chance:

"I'm excited at what is a great opportunity.

"I know Kenny from working under him at Swansea and I know what a big club this is with huge support.

"Wayne (Hennessey) is here and Dave Edwards who are good lads who I have played alongside for Wales and I have also played against a lot of the other players so I know a bit about them too.

"Dropping down a division doesn't put me off at all, because of the size of the club.

"Wolves are not a club looking to stay in League One - we are looking forward and looking upwards.

"It's a big club, especially for League One, and was even one of the biggest in the Championship as well.

"So while the club is in League One now everyone is looking forward and seeing where we can go."

Sam Ricketts will be best remembered by Bolton fans a versatile defender who could ply his trade anywhere across the back four, doing so on a number of occasions. He signed for Bolton in 2009 for £2.2 million from Hull City and made 114 appearances.