Photo: Wolves striker Kevin Doyle's summer move to the Colorado Rapids confirmed

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The 31-year-old Irishman has signed a deal with the MLS club beginning from July 1.

On the same night that Wolverhampton Wanderers thrust themselves into the Championship play-off picture with a 2-0 win over promotion rivals Derby County, the future of striker Kevin Doyle was finally resolved.

Having been in talks with the Colorado Rapids for several weeks, the MLS club have now confirmed that the Republic of Ireland international will arrive in the States when his Wolves contract expires in the summer.

“I am delighted and very excited to be moving to the Colorado Rapids,” Doyle told the Rapids’ official website.

“With so many great players moving to MLS to join up with the great American talent already there, it's a great time to play in this league.

“Sporting Director Pádraig Smith, President Tim Hinchey, along with Technical Director Paul Bravo and Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni have impressed me with their ambition and vision for the club. And Colorado is a great place to bring up a family.”

Doyle, 31, joined Wolves from Reading in June 2009 for a club-record £6.5 million fee and would go on to score 34 goals in 178 total games during his time at Molineux.

He had fallen out of favour in recent seasons, however, and had just made his first appearance for the club since January 2014 last month after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at Crystal Palace.

The Rapids, meanwhile, have been making moves to prepare for Doyle’s imminent arrival, selling star forward Deshorn Brown to Norwegian club Valerenga in order to free up a spot up top.

In addition, LA Galaxy captain and ex-Wolves favourite Robbie Keane, who won the league’s MVP award in 2014, had also been urging Rapids boss Mastroeni to sign his former international strike-partner, telling MLSSoccer.com last month: “I got a call from the Rapids manager, Pablo.

“I used to play with him at Galaxy, so he asked me about Kevin. I highly recommended Kevin to him.

“He would certainly do well over there. If he goes over there, it will be great for him. It will be great for the league, great for him, and I told Pablo that you could not wish to have a better person.”

Keane’s advice is something Doyle himself acknowledged in considering a move to MLS, adding: “I know from talking to Robbie Keane that MLS is a great league to play in and I look forward to being another top Irish player there.

“I will be sad to leave Wolves, a truly great club that I've had the privilege to play for. I will always be grateful to the fans for their support; it is they who make Molineux such a special place.

“To be involved in the current squad that is on an exciting run is now my only focus, as it would mean so much to me to see us get back to the Premier League.”

The Rapids endured a miserable 2014 in Mastroeni’s first season in charge, going winless in their last 14 games to finish eighth in the Western Conference – their worst-ever placing, and will be hoping that Doyle's summer arrival can help on the path to a bounce back campaign.

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