New Wolves striker Bradley Reid today revealed he can’t wait to tackle the country’s top youngsters in the Under-21 League – and set his long-term sights on a senior breakthrough at Molineux.
The highly-rated 17-year-old joined Wolves from Wrexham for an undisclosed fee, and while talks are continuing about a possible month’s loan back to the Racecourse Ground, Reid is delighted to have made the move.
“I was made up when I heard Wolves were interested in me,” says Reid.
“I love Wrexham and have loved my time there so there were mixed feelings but Wolves is such a big club and this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“I’ve started the season well with Wrexham playing in most of the games this season and also getting my first goal.
“I may go back on loan to try and carry things on and if that happens hopefully I can keep that run going.
“Then it will be case of getting started at Wolves to try and push on and keep developing my game.
“I’ve been playing mens football during pre-season and in the season so it will be different for me playing in the 21s here.
“I’m sure it won’t be as rough and tough but there will be a lot of quality at this level particularly with Wolves in the top division of the under-21s league.
“It is going to be a fantastic standard to play at for me and will challenge me in the same way as getting into the Wrexham first team did.
“To play against top youngsters from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United is going to be fantastic and I can’t wait to get involved.
“I think the aim for anybody coming to a club is to eventually get into the first team.
“That may be some way off but it’s what I’m looking for and I’m excited about getting started.
“I would describe myself as a quick player, strong, who will give it everything and of course the main thing is I want to score goals.”
Reid has been at Wrexham honing his trade for a number of years, but almost moved to Wolves as a 16-year-old only to suffer an untimely injury.
That trial spell a couple of years ago does mean there are one or two familiar faces in the Development Squad dressing room at Compton, and the new man is certainly relishing the facilities and opportunity at his new club.
“I signed for Wrexham at Under-12s so I’ve been there for five or six years,” says Reid.
“When I started there I was a centre midfielder but they turned me into the striker I am today and if that hadn’t happened then I probably wouldn’t be here at Wolves.
“So I really appreciate everything Wrexham have done for me.
“I know Robbie Parry from playing with him for Wales and I was here on trial at Under-16 level so I remember some of the lads from that.
“There are a few new faces as there always will be at a new club.
“The facilities here are brilliant from the changing rooms to the physio room and the food and so on and it’s very different to what you get in the Conference.
“It’s a really good place to work and has everything a player needs.”