Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will name Stefan Maierhofer in his Premier League squad of 25 for the 2011/12 season.
The 28-year old Austrian striker has been loaned out to Bristol City and MSV Duisburg over the last year-and-a-half and despite being told he was no longer in the clubs plans last summer, will be included by McCarthy after making his first league appearance since December 2009 in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
“I know my 25 – unless it changes – but Stefan will be in it. I have had the discussion with him to tell him what he needs to do to be in the team,” McCarthy told Express & Star.
“He’s got to win all his headers at the far post, knock the ball down, get his fair share of goals and stop balls coming out of the box.
“So he’s got a greater understanding of what’s required.”
And McCarthy said he will not try to give any extra motivation to the man he has tried to sell recently.
“I don’t know about keeping him motivated – I’ve put him up for sale, I’ve sent him out on loan and I’ve brought him back,” he added.
“I’m not trying to motivate him – I was trying to sell him because it wasn’t working. If he comes back and does alright, then it’s a question of embracing him and trying to get the best out of him, which is what I’m trying to do.
“If we do, then we’ve got an asset in our team.”