Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is expecting good things from Michael Kightly this term - but not instantly.
The 25-year-old winger is hoping his injury problems are now over after being restricted to just 14 appearances in two seasons.
He returned to pre-season training determined to prove his fitness ahead of the new campaign and has already impressed McCarthy enough to have secured a one-year extension to his contract which will keep him at Molineux until 2013.
And the Wolves boss has backed Kightly to prove his worth this term, although not straight away.
McCarthy told the Express & Star: "I'm expecting the Michael Kightly back we know - but not instantaneously.
"He looks fantastic at the minute and if he remains injury-free, I don't think it will take him that long.
"What I think we'll see are good things and good performances."
McCarthy admitted the weeks ahead were very important for the player.
"It's probably one of the most important pre-seasons of his career having missed most of the last two years," he said.
"But he does look really fit and has got his enthusiasm having missed so long. It's just great to have him back, it's lovely.
"I do know is that when he was injured, he was one of the fittest lads we had.
"In his first couple of seasons here he was phenomenal with the amount of legwork he put in and the football he played.
"After being missing for so long, it's been a breath of fresh air to see him coming back."