Keeper Jon Flatt has been relishing the pre-season experience of working closely with the first team squad after making his senior bows against Bohemians and Peterborough.
Although the all of club’s goalkeepers regularly train with the senior ranks, young professional Flatt was included on last week’s pre-season tour of Ireland before playing 45 minutes of the final friendly, which he followed up with 20 minutes of last night’s 2-2 draw at London Road.
It’s all vital experience for the Wolverhampton-based 19-year-old, who can continue to learn and improve by working closely with Carl Ikeme and Aaron McCarey.
“It was great news for me to go out on the tour last week,” says Flatt.
“Pat (Mountain) told me it was a good opportunity for the gaffer to see me every day of the week instead of just a couple of sessions a week.
“Hopefully I made a good impression.
“I train with the first team lads a few times a week but I’d maybe sit with the Under-21 lads at dinner and so on whereas on a trip you are always in amongst it.
“It’s great experience and the senior lads have all been great with me and passing on advice.”
On his debut, Flatt adds: “It all happened quickly before the Bohemians game and I was warming up and then found out I was going to play.
“It was probably better that I didn’t have too much time to think about it!
“The lads just told me to go out and be confident and do what I did in training and the Under-21s and I really enjoyed it.
“Thankfully it went well and I kept a clean sheet which is always a good thing.
“Obviously it was all a bit of a surprise so my family and friends were back home but I had a lot of messages from them after the game.
“My brother was gutted that he had missed it.
“He couldn’t get to Peterborough last night either because of work, but I was pleased to get on and get some more minutes as well.”
A lifelong Wolves fan, Flatt has been at the club since he was eight, and seen some excellent goalkeepers between the sticks at Molineux.
He is now firmly focused on continuing his own development to hopefully one day follow in those illustrious footsteps.
He adds: “Hopefully this just the start for me in the future because I have got to keep working hard to one day get another opportunity.
“If that does happen I have to make sure I am ready so I need to keep pushing myself all the time.
“It’s my 12th year at Wolves and this is a great way to start the season but for me there is still a very long way to go.
“There have always been some really good keepers at Wolves and it is always going to be difficult to get in.
“Ever since I was a kid supporting the club there was Mike Stowell, then Michael Oakes, Matt, Wayno, Kemes.
“There’s a long list of top keepers there.
“It can only help me to be working with Pat and the likes of Kemes and Azza to try and help me improve my game.”
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