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READ | Meet The Under 23s

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15:16 5th May 2017

Heading into Monday's play-off semi-final with West Ham United, here is some information on some of the players that Scott Sellars has to choose from.

GOALKEEPERS


Jack Ruddy

The 19-year-old goalkeeper signed from Bury in the summer after making one first team appearance for the club. Since then, Ruddy has shared the role as the Under 23’s first choice ‘keeper with Harry Burgoyne. With Burgoyne being required by the first team, Ruddy has played a key role in getting Wolves to the play-offs, Ruddy made his debut for the Scotland Under 21s in a fixture against Estonia.

Harry Burgoyne
 
Goalkeeper Harry is from Ludlow and has progressed through the ranks after arriving at the Academy as a 12-year-old. His impressive form during his full-time scholarship saw him sign a two-year professional contract in March, 2015. Since then, Burgoyne has been a regular on the first team bench and he has played for the Under 23s when not involved with the first team. Harry was called upon to play in this season’s FA Cup win at Anfield against Liverpool following suspension and injury to Carl Ikeme and Andy Lonergan - he has also made 5 other first team appearances this season.

Rory Brown

The 16-year-old is the first choice ‘keeper for the Under 18s and he has enjoyed a good season for them. Featuring for the Under 23s on a handful of occasions, Brown has proven that age is not a barrier. He played in the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final against Sutton Coldfield - he played key role in the win, making crucial saves during the game and in the penalty shootout.
 
DEFENDERS

Anthony Breslin

Anthony is a player who joined Wolves from St Kevin’s Boys Club in Dublin during his Under 16 year and he commenced his Apprenticeship in July 2013. He was a regular in the Republic of Ireland national sides at U16 and U17. Left sided defender who might have ended up playing gaelic football had he not moved to Wolves. Breslin has been a regular for the Under 23s this season, featuring at left-back, centre-half and right-back.
 
Aaron Hayden
 
The central defender joined Wolves from Chelsea after completing his Under 16 year with them in London. Originally from Croydon, he settled in well at Compton Park and captained the Under-18 side on many occasions before signing a first professional deal in March, 2015. Hayden’s season has been hampered by injury, however, he is one of a number of strong central defensive options that Scott Sellars has to choose from.
 
Regan Upton

Central defender Regan is from Burton upon Trent and spent some time as a registered player at Burton Albion before joining Wolves Academy at the age of 15 and playing regularly for the Under 16 squad in Premier League fixtures. Initially a midfielder, he has then being converted to a central defender and was a regular in the Under-18 side, often as captain, whilst completing his scholarship before turning pro. Named Academy Player of the Season for the 2014/15 campaign.
 
Aaron Simpson

The pacey full back was signed by Wolves from Maidstone United after a successful trial.  Currently contracted until the summer of 2016 with a further year’s option in Wolves’ favour.  Simpson had caught the eye helping Maidstone to the top of the Ryman Premier Division and the second round of the FA Cup.  A defender who enjoys getting forward, Simpson was loaned out to Portsmouth this season to get some league experience.
 
Sylvain Deslandes

Joined Wolves in July, 2015, after his contract with SM Caen expired. And was quickly back close to home soil when joining the first team for the pre-season training camp at Clairefontaine.  A pacey left footed defender who can either play at full back or in the centre of the back-line.  Enjoyed his first taste of senior football with Wolves during the 2015/16 season. Deslandes has scored some important goals for the Under 23s this season. The left-back was loaned out to Bury in January and returned to Wolves for the final day win against Fulham.

Ryan Leak

Ryan Leak is a tall and accomplished central defender who has plenty of aerial ability and is comfortable in possession. 
Hailing from Chasetown, he has been at the club since he was eight years old, and after completing his scholarship put pen to paper on his first professional contract ahead of the 2016/17 season. 
Qualifying for Wales through his grandparents, he has represented them at several junior levels.
 
Connor Johnson

Connor Johnson hails from Kettering and had spent time with Northampton Town before joining Wolves as an apprentice. After featuring in several games at Under-16 level, Johnson was then taken on a full time scholarship and signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Under 23s captain has led the team to 12 victories this season from centre half. A central defender, he made his first senior appearance in the friendly with Cork City.

Cameron John

Cameron John joined Wolves after initially agreeing to take up an Apprenticeship at Southend United. He decided to make the move from Essex to Wolverhampton in July 2015, and he got to know staff and players on the Youth Team group's pre-season tour to Holland. He follows in the footsteps of Dominic Iorfa in that he has joined Wolves Academy from Southend United, but Cameron lived and went to school in Upminster. John was another Under 18 player who featured in the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final win at Sutton Coldfield as well as making a number of league appearances for Scott Sellars’ team.
 
MIDFIELDERS
 
RyanRainey

An established player throughout his time with the Academy, Rainey first played in Ireland for local team Bonagee United and was recruited by Wolves after playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s.  Also captained Ireland at the Galway Cup.  Started off as a central midfielder, then moved to right back, and has now returned to mainly central midfield. Rainey has had an injury-hit season, and has therefore not played a full game so far this season, he made his return during a behind closed doors friendly against Burnley and he will be hoping that he can play a part in the play-offs.

Will Randall

Will Randall joined Wolves from Swindon in the January transfer window of 2016, to go into the Under-21 squad at Molineux.
Randall came through the Academy system at Swindon, and made his debut having just turned 17 on the final day of the 2013/14 season.
In total he has made 11 first team appearances for Swindon, of which three were starts.
A winger by trade, Randall, who was 18 when he joined, signed an 18-month deal with a further year’s option in Wolves’ favour after joining for an undisclosed fee. After success for the 23s, Randall was loaned out to league one club Walsall in January - he made two appearances.

Conor Levingston

Conor Levingston is a midfield player from County Wexford and is one of the many who Wolves have recruited from the Republic of Ireland. 
He has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at various junior levels, up to and including Under-19s. 
He is now on professional terms at the club having originally arrived as an Under-16.
 
Ross Finnie

A central midfield player, Ross Finnie arrived at Wolves as an eight-year-old all the way back in 2006, having been born in Scotland. 
A Scottish international at Under-16 and Under-17 level he has represented his country in the Victory Shield. 
Ross signed his first professional contract ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
 
Joe Delacoe

Joe Delacoe was recruited into Wolves' Academy from Trench in Telford, where he was playing for Wrekin Tigers. 
He was signed at Under-15 level, and progressed through the full time Academy ranks before signing his first professional contract ahead of the 2016/17 season. 
A forward player who has operated both centrally or on the wing, Delacoe actually played a lot of junior football in Germany where his father was stationed in the Army.

Dan McKenna

Dan is from Dublin and he has been a regular member of Republic of Ireland junior sides. He joined Wolves from Belvedere FC as a 14 year old and moved to live with a host family in Wolverhampton. He was spotted by Wolves’ Irish based scout, Willie Byrne whilst playing for his national team.

Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong joined Wolves in October 2015, signing a three-year deal with an option for a further year.
Armstrong, formerly of Hamilton Academical, joined up with the Under-21 squad having been scouted by Wolves for a long period of time.
A right winger adept at cutting inside and using his favoured left foot, Armstrong played for both the Under-18 and Under-21 sides during his first season at Molineux, and impressed for both. Armstrong has scored a number of vital goals this season, he opened the scoring in the 4-1 win at Fulham.
 
Nicu Carnat

Carnat was born in Alba Iulia, a small city in the Transylvania region of Romania and followed Steaua Bucharest as a young boy, though his sights were always set on the Premier League. Since signing for Wolves around three years ago, Carnat has featured as a left-winger for Scott Sellars. He scored the winning penalty against Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the season.

Aaron Collins

Collins will be unavailable to Scott Sellars as he is on-loan at Tranmere Rovers, who have reached the National League play-offs. Collins also spent the first half of the season on-loan at Notts County here we made 18 appearances.

FORWARDS

Donovan Wilson

Wolves’ top-scorer this season, Wilson joined Wolves from Bristol Rovers in November, 2014, initially on loan, before the deal became permanent the following January.  Wilson had been with Rovers from the age of eight, and appeared on the bench for the first team on several occasions without getting out onto the pitch.  Made a promising start to the 2015/16 pre-season, heading out as a replacement for the first team’s tour of Clairefontaine and scoring the only goal of the game against Paris FC. This season, Wilson has scored 17 goals for the Under 23s and has made two first team appearance, the first coming against Chelsea. Scott Sellars will be hoping that Wilson’s goals can fire them to promotion.
 
Bright Enobakhare

Nigerian-born striker with both power and skill, joined Wolves Academy at the start of the 2014/15 season and made an impressive impact.  Having first moved to England at the age of 15, Bright’s form in his first season at Wolves saw him land his first professional contract before heading off for the summer. Enobakhare has made 21 first team appearances this season and he is also Wolves top-scorer in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Niall Ennis

Niall Ennis signed his first professional contract - having not long turned 17 - at the start of the 2016/17 season. 
Ennis was first spotted at a Wolves Community Trust Soccer School, and the Academy took him on from the age of eight to progress through the ranks. 
Wolverhampton-born, the striker has scored goals all the way through the Academy as well as for England-Under-17s, where he was a regular in that age group. 
Ennis has spent most of the season out with injury but it now returning to full-fitness - he scored the decisive goals in the 1-0 away win at Middlesbrough.
 
Christian Herc

Christian Herc is from Levice in Slovakia.
He joined Wolves following a trial period in 2014 when he was turning out for FC Nitra in his home country.
Joining as an Under-16, he has gone on to make considerable progress at Molineux, as well as some promising international performances for Slovakia up to Under-17 level.
Herc has been a key player for the Under 23s this season, he has featured as a central midfielder and as a centre forward.

Morgan Gibbs-White

Morgan has been at Wolves since he was 8 years of age, and he has played for Academy sides throughout all of the age groups. He is from Stafford, where he attended Sir Graham Balfour School until he was invited onto the Wolves Full Time programme in 2014. Morgan played for England U17s last season. Gibbs-White burst onto the scene this season, making his first team debut at the age of 16 against Stoke City in the FA Cup, since then he has made seven other first team appearances.
 
Duckens Nazon

Wolves signed promising young striker Duckens Nazon in January on an initial contract to the end of the season.
The 22-year-old Haiti international was handed the chance to impress, with the club having a one-year option in place beyond the summer.
The powerful frontman has made a number of appearances for the Under 23s, scoring a superb goal in the 2-2 draw at Swansea City.


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