Jon Flatt is another graduate of the Wolves Academy keen to follow several other glovemen in recent years in making it through to the first team.
Matt Murray, Wayne Hennessey and Carl Ikeme have all excelled between the sticks having come through the youth ranks – and Flatt has taken a keen interest in all.
Having been with the Academy since he was eight, and had a Wolves’ Season Ticket until he was 16, Flatt’s first taste of playing at Molineux came in Murray’s testimonial match in 2011.
He has made continued progress throughout his time at Wolves, and having impressed at both Under-18 and Under-21 levels was selected for the first team’s pre-season tour to Ireland in the summer of 2014.
During that time he made his first senior appearance in the friendly against Bohemians, followed up with 20 minutes in a friendly against Peterborough on returning to English soil.
Having already been on the bench for Wolves in competitive fixtures, Flatt went out on loan to Wrexham during the 2014/15 season, making five appearances, one of which was in the FA Cup against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
After returning to Wolves, and again being named on the bench, he spent a month on loan with Chesterfield towards the end of the season without getting any game time.
Flatt, who signed a two year professional contract with a further year’s option in Wolves’ favour in the summer of 2014, was again in and around the first team picture at Molineux in pre-season ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
He was to finish the campaign in superb style, making 10 appearances on loan with Cheltenham as they stormed to the National League title and a return to the Football League.