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Joleon Lescott will walk into Wolves on Saturday and seek out the former striker who put him on the road to England recognition and a Barclays Premier League career with Manchester City.

Terry Connor, now Wolves manager Mick McCarthy's asssistant, scored goals for Leeds, Brighton and Swansea before becoming Lescott's mentor at Molineux as the Birmingham-born youngster learned the fine art of defending.

Lescott had to watch from the bench as City slipped to Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Arsenal but the England defender is desperate to be involved on Saturday against the team he left to join Everton in 2006.    

Joleon admitted: "Wolves are very close to my heart. I plied my trade there for seven or eight years and though I don't know many of the players now, I've still got a lot of friends working there.

"Terry Connor was one of the main reasons that I progressed while I was there. He spent a lot of his time with me on a one-to-one basis, so I owe Terry a lot. He really helped me on my way.

"He was a striker for Leeds and Brighton and a few other, and he always used to tell me how good a player he was! He used to train with us back then, but he was a lot younger, of course!

"It's not one of those obvious combinations I know, a former striker coaching a a defender, but first and foremost he's a proper football man - he really knows his stuff when it comes to positioning and the like."

Lescott shared his team-mates' pain at Sunday's defeat, when the Blues played most of the game with ten men after young centre-back Dedryck Boyata was sent off for bringing down Marouane Chamakh as last man.

He said: "It's hard against any team with ten men. The way Arsenal play, you'd like to have 12! But the boys played well all game and gave it 100 per cent, and there are still positives we can take from the game."

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