Jonsson signing bolsters Wolves

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Eggert Jonsson believes he is ready to take "the next step" in his career after securing a move from Hearts to Wolves.

The utility player has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract and will formally complete his move to Molineux for an undisclosed fee when the transfer window reopens on 1 January.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is looking to strengthen his squad for the battle to stay in the Premier League and the Iceland international will provide cover in several positions.

Jonsson, who can play at full-back, centre-back and in midfield, is determined to force his way into the starting line-up after watching last night's 2-2 home draw with Norwich which lifted Wolves two points clear of the bottom three. The 23-year-old said: "I've been up in Scotland for a long time and feel ready to take the next step.

"Wolves is a great club for me to do that, so hopefully I can get into the team and keep improving. I've been at Hearts for six years and have a lot of friends up there. I played in Europe [the Europa League] and also a fair few internationals and hopefully I can bring my best form to Wolves."

Jonsson, who played alongside Wolves defender Christophe Berra at Hearts, added: "I've met the manager and I liked the way he came across to me. He seems to be doing things the right way and hopefully I will help him here and he will help me. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

Meanwhile, midfielder Nenad Milijas has warned that Wolves need to start producing quality performances for 90 minutes in their bid to avoid relegation.

But he is confident that the spirit among the players, as demonstrated in twice coming back from a goal down to share the spoils against Norwich, will help them survive. He said: "In the last few games it's been a case of in the first half being not so good, and then in the second half really great – or, in the first half great, then second half not so good. We must produce good form for 90 minutes.

"But we have had a great spirit for the last three years and we have a good team, so I still think we will stay up."

Milijas hailed the contribution of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who celebrated his call-up in place of Kevin Doyle with his side's first goal after a two-month spell out of the team. "I am really pleased for him," said Milijas. "It is hard when you don't play. I know that. It is big pressure on you.

"But he kept his spirits up when not playing,trained really hard and was backing the team all the time. He waited for his chance and then scored in his first game. He scored a lot of goals in the Championship but he is a Premier League player and he knows that."

Andrew Surman insists Norwich will take heed of how other promoted clubs have fallen away after a bright start as they look to cement their place in the Premier League.

Norwich are ninth in the table after a 2-2 draw at Surman's previous club Wolves on Tuesday, with the midfielder's first top-flight goal for the Canaries helping them reach 21 points going into Christmas.

But the 25-year-old is well aware of how the likes of Hull, Burnley and Blackpool have faltered after initially impressing, saying: "I've said all along you can't get too carried away. Look at the start Blackpool had last season and they ended up getting relegated.

"It's been an incredible last two seasons for us but it will mean nothing if we get relegated.

"I suppose teams don't know what to expect when you come up initially but all the teams that have got promoted have got good enough players to stay in the division.

"I think we've got good strength in depth. To keep teams guessing we've got a few different shapes we can play."

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