Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has praised the professional attitude of Albion target Stephen Ward.

But the Irish international will play no part in Wanderers’ opening pre-season friendlies.

Ward and striker Kevin Doyle are among several out-of-favour senior players training away from the main group under the guidance of former England midfielder Steve Hodge.

They will not feature at Cheltenham tonight and have been left out of the trip to Ireland on Sunday.

Jackett said: “They’re both professional and perhaps both expected it after last season.

“They knew I’d push on with the group I’ve got.

“For them it’s about working hard and getting fit. I’m sure they’ll have their eye on their next move.”

Ward and his representative are free to negotiate a move for the player.

But they have been told he must take a pay cut if he is to sign a more permanent deal with the Seagulls, for whom he starred on loan last season.

That could prove to be more of a sticking point than a potential transfer fee in the region of £100,000.

Jackett revealed Wolves had not received any bid for Ward or Doyle, who has been linked with QPR.

He said: “Nothing has happened on either of them – there has been no contact from any club.”