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Doyle backing Wolves veteran Craddock to play on

Kevin Doyle paid tribute to Jody Craddock after his performance in Wolves' 0-0 draw with Stoke City.

One of the main players to deny Stoke was veteran defender Craddock and Doyle believes he is capable of playing at the top level for the foreseeable future.

He showed typical determination in playing for three quarters of the game with his head bandaged after an aerial clash with Stoke defender Abdoulaye Faye.

Doyle told PA Sport: "That was Jody's Craddock 500th game and it was probably his 500th split head as well! I hope I am still as fit and fresh looking as him after 500 games.

"He inspires people the way he keeps going. It is not even a case of keeping going. He is still as fit and fresh as ever. He is in the gym every day. When you see him, there is not an ounce of fat on him and he has as much muscle as anyone else here and he looks as fit when you do running. There are plenty of years left in him.

"The manager has offered him a new contract and he still looks capable of doing a job at this level. A big thing is experience and you could see that today when defending those sort of situations and I wouldn't like to be putting my head in there time after time.

"He is 34 and he can definitely play on for more than one more year with the condition he is in.

"Centre-halves also seem to get a few more years in than people in other positions so there is no problem there. He is as fit as he has ever been."



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