Dorus De Vries eyes Welshman Wayne Hennessey's place

Dorus de Vries
De Vries was regarded as one of the best keepers outside the Premier League

Dorus de Vries has targeted Welsh international Wayne Hennessey's Wolverhampton Wanderers starting spot after his move from Swansea City.

The Dutch keeper admires his 24-year-old rival but insists a tussle with Hennessey helped him make the decision leave the Premier League new boys.

"I've always been a number one from the moment that I arrived at the club," said 30-year-old de Vries.

"This [moving to Wolves] is a different story."

Hennessey ended the 2010-11 season as Wolves' preferred goalkeeper and has made more than 130 first team appearances, also figuring in 15 Stockport County appearances while on loan there in 2006-07.

De Vries signed for the Swans in 2007 from Dunfermline and has played a key role in the Welsh club's rise from League One to the top-flight.

He set a new club record in the 2009/10 season by keeping 25 clean sheets and was awarded the Championship's Golden Glove accolade.

De Vries insists there were no added financial incentive for him to move after becoming a free agent and believes the competition with Hennessey and fellow Wolves Carl Ikeme will spur him on.

"I'm just going to need to earn that number one spot... and straight away in pre-season I will look forward to training with the guys who are up there," said de Vries.

"They have two good goalkeepers in Wayne and Carl.

"They've got a little bit of experience at Premier League level, which I'm looking forward too.

"In the end that's why I made this choice - to become a better goalkeeper and I'm sure I will because of the competition and it's a challenge I look forward to.

"He's [Hennessey] still a young lad, he's big, he's got experience of playing in the Premier League and with the Welsh national team.

"Wayne has always come across to me as a positive, good goalkeeper and it's going to be an interesting challenge between him and me and, of course, Carl."