Wolverhampton Wanderers said goodbye yesterday to former captain Karl Henry as he joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
The move marks the end of a seven year spell at Molineux with Henry playing for his hometown club.
It was only three weeks ago that Henry insisted that he wanted to stay with Wolves despite back-to-back relegations from the Premier League and the Championship.
He wanted to fight for his place in League One, the third tier of English football to right the wrongs that the Wolves fans have endured over the past couple of years.
‘I signed a four-year deal last summer so I have got three years on my contract and that tells me my future lies at Wolves.’ he told the Express & Star on the 4th July.
New head coach Kenny Jackett however had other plans, despite Henry’s long contract he placed him on the transfer list and relegated him to training with the development squad.
Henry continued: “I have not asked for any of this, it`s not my decision and I would not have asked to go on the transfer list.
“It`s a shame that it`s come to this and I`m gutted.’
With his Wolves career over, QPR, recently relegated from the Premier League came in for Henry and agreed a deal with Wolves. The fee is in the region of £1million but is heavily based on appearances and the success of QPR during his two-year-deal, ie if they win promotion back to the Premier League.
Football is a fickle world and after 272 appearances, Henry received just a sentence of thanks from Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey on Wolves Official Website: “We would like to thank Karl for his seven years of service and wish him well for the next chapter of his career,”.
For Henry, his new club at least does want him in the dressing room, manager Harry Redknapp told the Daily Mail: ‘I am very pleased to have him here – it’s a really good deal for the club.
‘He’s a good character and a winner, the type of lad I like. I think he will come in and do a great job for us.
‘We’re trying to change the club around a bit and Karl’s another piece of the jigsaw that can hopefully help us build a team that can challenge for promotion.
While Henry added: ‘I have been promoted to the Premier League before and played for a few years in the top flight, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Championship is a tough league and it sounds like Harry wants to bring in the kind of players that will get this club out of the division which is fantastic.’
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