Wendover-born footballer Sam Ricketts has been named captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers after sealing a move to the League One club from Bolton.
Relegated Wolves made the former Wales full back their first signing of the summer on a free transfer after Bolton could no longer guarantee him first team football.
Ironically as a result of the move Ricketts misses out on an Aylesbury Vale reunion in the North West after young forward Rob Hall, born and bred in Bedgrove, recently joined the Trotters.
The 31-year-old, capped 48 times by Wales, has signed a two-year deal. And Ricketts revealed working with new Wolves boss Kenny Jackett, who signed him from non-league Telford when manager of Swansea nearly a decade ago, was a key factor in him dropping down a division.
“I know Kenny from working under him at Swansea,” Ricketts told the press at his unveiling.
“He signed me from Telford and I had two great years with him. We got promoted the first year and narrowly missed out the second.
“First and foremost, he is a nice guy which goes a long way nowadays. There aren’t all that many nice managers about and he earns respect from that. He is a calm character who gets teams very well organised and has a proven track record.
“Dropping down a division doesn’t put me off at all, because of the size of the club. Wolves are not a club looking to stay in League One.”
Ricketts still has family in the Vale and as a youngster faced a choice between football and following his world showjumping champion dad Derek into a more equine pursuit.