Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has suggested he would be open to sealing a move back to Birmingham City.
The 24-year-old had been due to spend the entire 2021/22 season with the Blues.
Things were going really well for Sarkic, who had quickly established himself as a crowd favourite at St. Andrew’s.
But he suffered a freak shoulder injury in a game against QPR back in January, which ultimately ended up ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Sarkic required surgery, and he has only just recovered, joining the Wolves first-team travelling squad for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.
Despite only playing 23 games for the Blues, fans recently voted Sarkic as their Player of the Season.
And it was at the awards do where Sarkic spoke about his future, amid reports the club have been in contact with Wolves about a possible permanent transfer.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “Of course, I feel like I have unfinished business here, obviously.
“But I am still waiting to see what Wolves say and to see what the situation is here at Blues. I think we all know it’s a bit unknown at the moment. I hope everything goes positively over the summer and then who knows?
“Game time is a big factor. I think as a goalkeeper you want to be playing, especially at my age now, I want to show what I can do, really push on and achieve the things I want to achieve, play international football, play in the Premier League – that’s what I want to do.”
Matija Sarkic needs looking at by Wolves before any potential exit decision, as he hints he’s open to Birmingham return
It will be important for Bruno Lage to make sure he gets a really good look at Sarkic in pre-season training.
Potentially, he could be good enough to earn a first-team place ahead of 2022/23, with John Ruddy potentially moving on when his contract expires.
But his comments about game time could prove to be significant.
Sarkic says that he wants to be playing.
And realistically he will struggle to do that for Wanderers given the quality of Jose Sa.
It might be that Wolves consider selling Sarkic, and bring in someone a little older than him to replace Ruddy.