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Football | Doherty signs contract extension with Wolves

Matt Doherty has signed a new deal with Wolves which will keep him at the club until 2023.

The Republic of Ireland international has been in sensational form for the club, and is the top scoring Premier League defender in all competitions.

Wolves are enjoying an excellent campaign in the Premier League after winning the Championship last season, and have conceded the fifth-fewest goals in England's top flight.

Nuno Espírito Santo's side are seventh in the table after 26 games, and are in contention to secure a place in the Europa League.

Doherty has been one of the club's standout performers, and has been involved in 12 goals from his attacking right wing back position.

The 27-year-old has contributed six goals and six assists from out wide, and is being tipped to make the PFA team of the season at right back.

Doherty is the club's longest-serving player, and says he doesn't want to go anywhere after agreeing his new deal.

"I last signed about 18 months ago, and it's been a good ride since then," he told the Wolves website.

"We've got promoted and we're still in the midst of a really good season, so I'm happy to tie down my long-term future.

"I've been here nine years and they've not got rid of me, so I'll be here for a while yet. I love it here and don't want to go anywhere. I'm completely settled, so long may it continue."

Club captain Conor Coady - who has yet to miss a minute of Premier League action this season - has also put pen to paper on a contract extension with the club.

Doherty has reflected on the difficult times the long-serving duo have been through with the club, and says the players, backroom staff, and manager Nuno deserve credit for Wolves' progress.

"Me and 'Coads' have both been here a long time now, but we still think about the times we were in the Championship and losing at home to Wigan.

"The place was half-empty, and you'd get booed off - rightly so for some of the performances that we were putting in.

"Looking at how we've progressed to what the club is now, especially as it's not that long ago; maybe two, two-and-a-half years, and I think a lot of credit has to go to the manager, his backroom staff and the players for the efforts they've put in."

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