Carlos Edwards has faced some of the best in the World Cup and the Premier League – now he wants to sprinkle some gold dust on his new Wolves team-mates.
Pacy Edwards is almost five years the senior of the current oldest player Karl Henry. With an average age of 23 for the Reading game, his experience is a welcome addition.
Edwards said: “I’ll try to give the guys the benefit of my experience. I’ve played in the World Cup, so if me being around can improve the dressing room or the performance, then so be it.
“We played England, Sweden and Paraguay in the group games so I came up against Freddie Ljungberg, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win any games but the experience was phenomenal.”
Although Edwards is most well-known for playing wide right, the international stage also gave the former Wrexham and Luton man his first taste of playing on the opposite flank.
He said: “When I first started my international career, I started off on the left side. Some of the guys taking the mickey said I had an in-built engine, because I was running up and down so much! One minute I was in the attacking third and a split second later, I’d be defending.
“I’m one of the more energetic players and I look after myself well because your career can be over in an instant.”
Edwards scored 11 goals the last season he played in the Championship, helping Sunderland to the title after joining them from Luton in January for £1.4million.
He is looking to make up for lost time after hamstring problems and a broken leg wrecked last season – ironically by bridging the gap left by hamstrung pair Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly.
Edwards said: “I enjoyed myself in this division before. I only wish I could have kept that form going into my first year in the Premier League, but it wasn’t to be with the freak injuries.
“But that’s all in the past, I’m going forward now. I’m here on a three-month loan and hopefully things will be better.
“I’m going to give my all for Wolves. It’s unfortunate what’s happened to the wingers, but these things happen and you never know when your time will come.
“I wish them a speedy recovery but I’ll be giving 110 per cent for as long as I’m here.”
Edwards revealed McCarthy was the difference between him signing for Wolves and other Championship clubs.
He said: “I’d heard there were a few clubs enquiring about me but Wolves were the one that really appealed. That wasn’t just because they’re top but also because Mick is such a good manager, a lot of players would want to play for him.
“Wolves are ambitious and this might be a chance to get my career on track.”
As a former Wrexham player who rejected the chance to join Swansea, Edwards is also looking forward to a ‘warm’ reception at the Liberty Stadium.
He said: “I think they were interested in me at one stage, but I wanted to look at different options. I might get stick because people might think I turned them down to come to Wolves. But that will just spur me on even more to do well and score.
“I’ve played against Swansea before in the league and the Welsh Cup with Wrexham but not at the new stadium. I’ve also got a team-mate from Trinidad and Tobago there in Jason Scotland.
“We were on the phone together late on Wednesday night.”