Date: 12th May 2016 at 10:11am
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Kenny Jackett feels Matt Doherty has a chance of making it into the Republic of Ireland squad for the European Championships this summer.

But he concedes this is an ‘outside chance’ though.

Doherty swept the boards at the clubs end of season awards on Tuesday, named the Wolves Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season. On top of this, for his effort from distance in a three-two win against Fulham in January, he also landed the Goals of the Season award too!

The defender is yet to be caped by Ireland at senior level but this isn’t ruled out yet Jackett knows this is a decision for Martin O’Neill to make, telling the BBC.

‘It very much depends on the manager’s thinking. But the fact that he has been involved is a credit to him. It shows he is being thought of by Martin O’Neill and long may it continue. It does seem as if maybe injuries would bring him in but he’s earned that and I hope it works out for him.’

Capped previously at U21 level O’Neill, who will name his final 23-man squad at the end of the month, did include Doherty in the squad in March for the friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia but he wasn’t used.

Jackett also reflected on his impressive season with us at club level.

His form, rightly, brought him the awards he won with the Wolves boss going onto add we’ve still got the best of him to come in the future.

‘Looking back on his season, he can think positively, as he’s shown he has the ability to play on either side, which is a strength, particularly for us when you’re thinking the emergency loan window isn’t available to us and he can be pleased with himself. Most importantly looking forward now, at 24 years old, he’s got his best years ahead of him and hopefully his best years for Wolves.’

He’s got to have a chance of the squad doesn’t he, if not his time will surely come with the national team.

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