“If you’re good enough you’re old enough” – that’s the motto midfielder Lee Evans is hoping will come good as he aims to prove himself at Wolves next season.
The powerful midfielder, who turns 19 later this month, is one of a batch of young players hoping to impress Head Coach Kenny Jackett and secure an opportunity in League One.
As the players got stuck in to their first full day of the pre-season trip to Scotland, Evans revealed he is hoping of being a player for the present, as well as the future.
“I don’t want people just to say ‘he’s a young lad coming through, hopefully he’ll get his chance in a few years’ time’, I want to do it now,” says Evans.
“The gaffer has said to me ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’, so that’s the motto I’m taking into every training session and the games.
“I’m trying to catch their eye as much as possible and hopefully in the friendlies we’ve got coming up now, he sees something he likes and I can get some games under my belt.
“I’ve read what he’s said about the younger lads including myself and it gives us all a boost in training because he’s the one picking the team.
“I want to impress him as much as I can and as he says, there’s no better time to be a Wolves player and be 18-23.
“There are a lot of players here in that age group but even though I’m only 18, I want to prove I can do it.
“I’ve been with the first team since the first day back which is what I wanted to do straight away.
“With the team having been relegated, it’s going to give the youngsters more of a chance straightaway.
“Pre-season has been good so far and this is my first experience of being with the first-team squad 24-7, so hopefully I can train well and play in the games.”
Evans has enjoyed the high intensity of training so far, and says there have been plenty of encouraging words for the young players from Jackett and assistant head coach Joe Gallen.
He added: “There’s a step-up in training – there’s a lot more short and sharp stuff, the intensity is a lot higher and there’s a lot more quality with the players here.
“There are a lot of big names and good footballers here so it’s only good for someone like myself learning the game.
“There are quite a few midfielders too, so I’m just biding my time to and hoping to show what I can do.
“The gaffer has been really good to me – he’s spoken to me quite a bit as has his assistant, both saying ‘get your head down and work hard and you will get your chances’, just like they have to the whole team.
“We’ve all got to work hard, especially with the league we’re in now.
“If we do the hard work in pre-season, hopefully it will pay off during the season.”