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Goodman gets a free but has regrets at leaving Molineux.

Striker Don Goodman fears he may be denied the chance of saying farewell to Wolverhampton Wanderers' supporters before leaving Molineux this summer.

The 31-year-old striker has been told he will be released on a free transfer when his contract expires because the club cannot afford his wages after missing out on promotion.

With a surplus of strikers available to him, manager Mark McGhee may well be tempted to leave Goodman on the sidelines for the remaining four matches and give preference to Steve Bull, Steve Claridge and Dougie Freedman.

"I can understand the manager's point of view if he doesn't put me in for the last four games," said Goodman. "There are a lot of strikers at the club, and I'm the one certain not to be there next season.

"From a professional viewpoint, I can see that he would want to use those strikers who are going to be involved in the future.

"But I just hope I get the opportunity to play in the last home match, and say a proper thank you to the supporters. They have been magnificent, right from my first game for the club."

Goodman , signed from Sunderland for pounds 1.1 million in December, 1994, admits he will be sad to leave Molineux.

"Wolves are a massive club and anybody in his right mind wouldn't want to leave, particularly when the job hasn't been completed." he said.

"I was convinced when I signed three-and-a-half years ago I would be a Premiership player by now, but unfortunately it hasn't happened."

West Bromwich Albion manager Denis Smith will have no qualms about including Chris Adamson in his line-up at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, even though the 19-year-old goalkeeper has been beaten five times in his first two senior matches.

Adamson was at fault for one of Stockport's goals in a 2-1 defeat, and then conceded three more in Monday's thrilling draw against Sunderland.

But with regular 'keeper Alan Miller struggling to overcome a back strain and second choice Paul Crichton also injured , Adamson looks set for a third consecutive appearance at the McAlpine Stadium.

"Chris cost us a bit at Stockport, and was possibly at fault with Sunderland's third," said Smith. "But generally, he did well.

"He is a confident lad who has a lot of belief in his own ability, and hopefully he will learn from those two games.

"I think he has a chance of becoming a very good 'keeper.''

Albion may be forced to head for Yorkshire without central defender Paul Beesley, who injured his back during the Sunderland match, but Smith is well served in that department with Shaun Murphy, Daryl Burgess and Paul Raven all fit again.

Walsall are still in need of points to ensure Second Division safety after losing at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Manager Jan Sorensen had calculated that 53 would be enough, but has been forced to re-think after the Saddlers' 1-0 setback at Dean Court.

"It could be we are okay, but after our result at Bournemouth and wins for the teams below us on Monday, we may still need a couple of points," said Sorensen.

"But I have no doubts we will do it."
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