Wolves have signed young Swindon winger Will Randall, who will go into the Under-21 squad as he aims to continue his development and one day push for first team contention.
The 18-year-old, previously the subject of Premier League interest, has signed an 18-month contract – with a further year’s option in Wolves’ favour – after moving for an undisclosed fee.
Having completed a medical yesterday, he was meeting his new team-mates today and training for the first time with Scott Sellars and the Under-21 squad.
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.
“This is a great move for me for the stage I am at in my career and my development,” he says.
“When I came here last Friday for the meeting and had a look around the facilities I was blown away by everything and by the plan the club have got for me.
“I think I can progress and improve my football here.
“I have been at Swindon’s Academy from the age of seven right through to now at 18 and have nothing but good things to say about them.
“I feel like I really improved during my time there and it was just that last hurdle – going from youth team to first team – that I had reached.
“I made my debut for Swindon the day after my 17th birthday and I have made a few more appearances since then which has been great experience for me.
“Playing in front of big crowds and getting that experience of men’s football will help me as I am to push on here at Wolves.
“I think it is now a really good time to get this move and to keep my development going for the Under-21s and then pushing on to the first team.”
Randall is primarily a left winger who favours his right foot, and spoke to fellow wideman Nathan Byrne who made the same journey from Swindon to Wolves back in August.
“I am a left winger or left midfielder who likes to take people on, either cutting inside or going down the line,” he says.
“I like to be positive and get the team up the pitch and create chances and hopefully get some goals as well.
“I can play on the right but over the last few years I moved over to the left and that is where I have been playing.
“I spoke to Nathan when I was here yesterday and he had great things to say about the club.
“Looking at him in training and all the other first team players here will help me learn more about the club and the style of play and then push on from there.”
Initially it is about impressing for the Under-21s and trying to impress when given opportunities to train with the first team.
“I am coming into the Under-21 squad and am looking forward to learning how they play and getting to know the lads,” Randall added.
“It’s then all down to me really to see how I perform and then take it from there.
“There are other players who have come through here from the Academy and I have heard good things about how the gaffer is always keeping an eye on the young players and how they are doing.
“There is always a chance to go and train with the first team and hopefully when I get those chances I can go and prove I deserve to be here.”