Craddock extends Wolves stay

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Wolves defender Jody Craddock has committed himself to the club for another year by signing a new contract.

The 34-year-old club captain has agreed a 12-month deal which will keep him at Molineux until the end of next season.

Craddock told the club's official website, www.wolves.co.uk: "It's brilliant to get the contract sorted and signed. It's another year for me at Wolves, which is fantastic."

Craddock, who made his 500th career appearance last season, joined Wolves in a £1.75million switch from Sunderland in July 2003, and is delighted to be still plying his trade in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "A couple of years ago, I thought I might have been dropping down the leagues, but I'm still at Wolves, we are still in the Premier League and I couldn't have asked for anything better for my career.

"I was at Sunderland for six years and now I'm going into my eighth season at Wolves, so I have not moved around all that much.

"I love being at this club and it's nice not to keep moving from club to club.

"I'm proud of what I've achieved at Wolverhampton Wanderers in my career here and hopefully there is more to come."

Craddock admitted he started last season thinking he would be a back-up player, but is delighted to have been so heavily involved.

He said: "I was very pleased with the season just finished.

"I'm a bit older now and probably didn't quite know how I would do back in the Premier League, in the same way as the younger lads who hadn't played there before.

"I wouldn't say it wasn't a problem because it was tough and I had to work very hard to maintain my standards.

"Hopefully I have proved a few people wrong and proved something to myself as well."

Craddock, who was sent out on loan to Stoke in 2007, will now enjoy his summer and return with batteries recharged to work once again under manager Mick McCarthy.

He said: "The manager has always been straight down the middle with me.

"He's always played the team he thinks is best for any particular game on that day.

"I think he appreciates the amount of work I put in during the week, and it's paid off for me. I can only thank the gaffer for that.

"He sent me out on loan, but he brought me back, whereas some managers might have just let me go at that stage because they had made the decision, and it's all looked up for me ever since."

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