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Academy Player Of The Season for Wolves last year ( Conor Ronan also got that award before him ). He will be 19 in October. Left sided central defender, very good on the ball, highly rated at the club in both ability and attitude. Came to Wolves from Brentford when they closed down their underage team and moved to a new city to do so. English born but obviously eligible for Ireland, I'm not sure how, but one to watch with a genuine chance of breaking through.
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Thanks guys, good information.

He wasn't a player I was aware of.
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We might have to fast track players to the seniors so that we can accommodate the talent coming through.

Feel that we need Joe Hodge in the u21 sooner rather than later. If this Lewis Richards is any good it would be good to add him too


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21's play a friendly in the International break in Sept so Hodge should be in there for sure.
This assumes Molumby will be in the seniors.


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Hopefully we are at the end of the gross mismanagement we had with previous Management teams when we somehow lost Rice and even Grealish. As a poster said here in the last few days every squad should have 2 of the best dual nationality young players in it and put eligibility to bed early with a couple of mins at end of games if necessary. We have too small a player pool to lose out on any more potentially great players... I’m really excited as it is with the quality of player we have coming through and we have to tie down the likes of hodge and smallbone etc to compliment the squad. I’m expecting Idah especially to be potentially huge for us..

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Originally posted by Liam Green Liam Green wrote:

Hopefully we are at the end of the gross mismanagement we had with previous Management teams when we somehow lost Rice and even Grealish. As a poster said here in the last few days every squad should have 2 of the best dual nationality young players in it and put eligibility to bed early with a couple of mins at end of games if necessary. We have too small a player pool to lose out on any more potentially great players... I’m really excited as it is with the quality of player we have coming through and we have to tie down the likes of hodge and smallbone etc to compliment the squad. I’m expecting Idah especially to be potentially huge for us..


So people want Hodge, Smallbone, Ferry, Coventry, Cullen, Richards, Scully and probably Caden McLoughlin tied down in the upcoming Nations League games in case we lose them to England, on the off chance that they are good enough to play for England. Am I missing anyone?

Never mind that Stephen Kenny has already said Smallbone will be linking up with the U21s, I think we should be selecting the best possible players for competitive games.

If we're honest, none of those players would make the starting eleven on merit, and most wouldn't make the squad if we're being honest.

I know some people say "bring them on 4 minutes in to second half stoppage time and then we don't have to worry about them switching" but that is simply not practical for any number of reasons, not least that the player would see it for the cynical exercise it is.

9 times out of 10 if a player is good enough to play for England and wants to play for England, they will. Don't get me wrong, though. I would be delighted if Hodge broke into the city starting 11 and nailed his colours to our mast. It's just not realistic based on previous cases.

Grealish, Crowley and Ronan all switched from one country to the next when it suited them and if Grealish was ever called up for a competitive game he would've declined a call up there and then.

People were probably saying Tom Field should've been fast-tracked <3 years ago until he rejected a call up to the U21's. Now he's a 23 year old free agent after being released by Dundee. Liam Kelly rejected a call up in similar fashion and, like Field, his career has nosedived.

If they want to play for us, they'll play for us. If they have designs on representing England long-term, they will.

We have a lot of upwardly mobile Irish born players coming through in the younger age groups [Parrott, Connolly, Idah, Obafemi, Cassidy, Molumby, Knight, O'Shea, Collins, Masterson, McLoughlin].

There might've been a time where we needed players anywhere and any way we could get them but for every Walters that becomes a reference point for the managers and fans, there are six or seven like Christie, O'Dowda or Hogan who will never be anything more than squad players who repeatedly flatter to deceive.
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Originally posted by Liam Green Liam Green wrote:

Hopefully we are at the end of the gross mismanagement we had with previous Management teams when we somehow lost Rice and even Grealish. As a poster said here in the last few days every squad should have 2 of the best dual nationality young players in it and put eligibility to bed early with a couple of mins at end of games if necessary. We have too small a player pool to lose out on any more potentially great players... I’m really excited as it is with the quality of player we have coming through and we have to tie down the likes of hodge and smallbone etc to compliment the squad. I’m expecting Idah especially to be potentially huge for us..
 

There’s a huge opportunity for us to get to the U21 Euros with the new 5 best runners up rule too. Wins against Iceland at home and Luxembourg away should pretty much get us there even if we get absolutely battered by Italy 👀👀 We play Italy next and Italy must play Sweden and Iceland away (at that wind tunnel artificial pitch) to catch up there games in hand not exactly a million to one they could drop points there. We may well go into that Italy game knowing a win puts us on top of the group against arguably the strongest U21 side in Europe (Italy are well in the top 3 atm) 
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Just a thought and to divert away from our more exciting young prospects in the Champ for a moment, we'll have both Ryan Cassidy (19, Accrington Stanley) and Anthony Scully (21, Lincoln) playing away in League One next term.

Be interesting to see who makes a go of that.   I'm not convinced we should be looking at L1 for Senior call-ups but a good season could see either in a promotion run or being taken by a Championship team down the line so glad to see them out there and not languishing in the (Celtic!) reserves.
I'd like to see Afolabi down in L1 or similar too ASAP.

Connor Ronan needs to sort something ASAP also and I'd expect a loan (back to Blackpool?) to emerge.

As someone in a post said, can't wait for the new season to get going.
 

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Pretty spot on Fozz, agree with all of that. The stats I've seen on Scully at u23 club level look great. He can create and score. I'm unsure as to why he hasn't played for our u21s (competition perhaps) but I really hope he kicks on next year with Lincoln. 

Totally agree with Afolabi and Ronan, they're at that age where you'd like to see them playing first team football. L1 has been a fantastic stepping stone for many a good player.
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