Skip to main content

Scholars To Be Signed Up


09:15 12th February 2014

Professional terms agreed

Wolves have announced the retained list of Academy scholars who have been handed professional contracts for next season.

Goalkeeper Scott Dutton, defenders Ben O’Hanlon and Ashley Carter, midfielder Declan Weeks and striker Ibraham Keita have all had their Wolves stays extended.

Midfielders Albert Torras and Carlo Erdei, and striker Bradley Reid, are also in the same age group and are tied down to professional deals secured when they joined the club earlier this season.

Cieron Keane, Andre Streete, Tom Hill, Dylan Stringer-Moth, Peter Smith and Victor Wagner are not being offered professional terms, while a decision has been delayed on Daniel Murray, who has recently returned to fitness after a long term injury.

“First of all it is congratulations to all the players who have been offered a professional contract,” said Academy manager Gareth Prosser.

“But also, having been handed a new contract on the one hand, on the other hand the work starts immediately for the new year.

“They have deserved their deals by consistently performing well throughout the season, but straight away they have to look to continue to develop and to improve.

“They are continually being monitored and evaluated not just within the club but also outside the club and that standard, as a Category One club, is very high.

“In Dan’s case we are going to give him as long as possible to prove his fitness before making a decision.

“He has been injured for the majority of his scholarship but he’s been back since Christmas and we are really pleased to see him back in training and playing games.”

Those players not being offered contracts will remain at Compton until the end of the season if required to receive whatever help needed for their futures.

“It is important to point out that these decisions are never personal – they are taken in the best interests of the football club and best interests of the player,” adds Prosser.

“We will do whatever we can to support them by putting together video clips of their best bits of the last two years,  helping them do a really thorough CV and speak to other clubs on their behalf.

“That’s a process that has worked well for us in the past.

“We thank all those lads for their endeavours while at the club and genuinely wish them all the best for the future.”

Decisions on scholars are taken following extensive discussions including not only Academy staff such as Prosser and coaches Mick Halsall and Sean Parrish, but also Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell, Development Coach Steve Weaver and the recruitment team.

Thelwell added:  “I am delighted for the boys that have attained professional contracts, it is a terrific achievement and they should be proud of themselves. 

“It is clear to everybody about the importance of our Academy, it is an integral part of our football plan going forwards.   

“As such,  I am pleased that so many of the group have been given the opportunity to develop further and hope that this is only the start of a career at Wolves for the boys.”

    Related Articles