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Tom recalls dancing with Wolves

Posted on 11 December 2009  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone views the time he spent on loan at Saturday's opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers as a key point in his young career.

Tom recalls dancing with Wolves

Tom Huddlestone views the time he spent on loan at Saturday's opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers as a key point in his young career.

The midfielder spent three months at Molineux in late 2005 shortly after arriving at the Lane from Derby County that summer, making 13 appearances.

But on returning to N17, Tom gradually broke into our first team ranks where he has remained ever since, starting every league game so far this season.

And as well as enjoying a landmark moment during his spell in the Black Country, he also had the privilege of working under a true Spurs legend.

Tom recalls: "Glenn Hoddle was always a boyhood hero of mine and was the manager at the time. He used to join in with the training sessions and was still a great player even then.

"I enjoyed a good three months at Wolves and also scored my first senior goal during that time against my former club Derby, which is something I will always remember.

"There were two or three massive clubs in the Championship at the time and Wolves were definitely one of them. They've got a great stadium and great fans.

"I think I learnt quite a lot in those three months and it helped me along. I've come quite a long way since then.

"Back then I was struggling to break into the first team at Spurs but now I'm playing regularly in a team that's doing well, so long may it continue."

The Wolves of today are much-changed under Mick McCarthy and, despite struggling at the wrong end of the table, are back where they certainly feel they belong in the top flight.

So although we are firm favourites going into Saturday's encounter, Tom knows his former club will not make it easy for us as we look to make up for four points dropped in our last two league games.

He added: "It was disappointing to not win either of our last two games, but if you'd told us at the start of the season we'd be going to places like Villa and Everton and picking up points then we'd have taken it. But looking at how the games went, we should have picked up six points.

"Wolves have had some indifferent results but they play a solid 4-4-2 formation and have some exciting young players. But we feel we can beat anyone on our day at home."