For Connor Ronan, there may have been an inkling in him that felt like he’d missed out this season. Rob Edwards’ U23 side achieved victory in the Premier League 2 Division 2 whilst the senior team, of course, thrived throughout the campaign.
Ronan is easily one the best prospects to come through the club in recent years, but he’s had to deal with setbacks.
After appearing for the first team in the League Cup in December 2016, a back injury was to keep him out of action towards the climax of the term. Just as it looked as though he was showing signs of making it at senior level, they were knocked back. Since then, he’s only played a bit part role on very minimal occasions.
However, he’s since thrived after taking the intriguing step into Slovakian football. For FC DAC he’s been mightily impressive, finally reaping the benefits of senior football.
It’s a strange move at that stage of someone’s career, especially for a young Irishman, but the central midfielder has taken to the experience like a duck to water.
As a result, he could finally be set for a more thorough involvement in the Wolves first team next season. A player he’ll likely vie for a position with is Morgan Gibbs-White.
At 19 years of age, he is two years Ronan’s junior. You wouldn’t think so given the qualities Gibbs-White possesses at such a young age. He is a rare talent but the Irish youth international has the potential to make his breakthrough and challenge Nuno Santo’s best young prodigy.
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To say Ronan has the ability to eclipse him may be a stretch too far but given the extra football Wolves will be playing next season, now is the ideal opportunity for him to put himself firmly in Nuno’s thoughts.
After signing a new contract last Monday, the evidence is there to suggest that he may now play an even bigger part.