Under 18s Begin With Local Derby

Darren Ryan is relishing taking his Under 18s team into a local derby for the first game of the season as his side face West Bromwich Albion at Compton Park on Saturday (11am).

Ryan took permanent charge of the Under 18s during the summer following a spell as the interim manager towards the end of last season.


Now in full charge and following a positive pre-season, Ryan is hoping that his side are able to put the game plan into practice on Saturday.


He said, “Players and staff just want the season to start now - we’ve had six weeks of pre-season which has gone really well, the lads have worked so hard and the decision is now with myself, Sean (O’Driscoll) and the staff to discuss the team for Saturday. 


“Pre-season’s been an opportunity where players can get game time - we’ve given everyone the same amount of game time and now it’s about choosing the eleven which we feel are best for the West Brom game on Saturday. 


“We couldn't have asked for a better game to open up with! 


“All the players are talking about the game now, it’s just about bringing them and making sure they're focussed for the game. 


“Local derbies can become a bit frantic - it’s about making sure the players remain focussed and stick to the plan that we’ve gone through in training for the game.”


Ryan is expecting a stern test from West Brom - a side which he describes as being ‘physical and hard-working'. 


The Under 18’s boss hopes that his side will be able to match their work rate and with additional quality, he believes they can win the game.


“They will be hard-working and they will be a physical team - we’ve got to match them in that sense,” he continued.


“The players work-rate and attitude has been excellent throughout pre-season.


“We’re just looking to put our game plan into action - we’ve worked on certain things that we want to work on throughout the week, we've watched a game of their pre-season, and it’s now about executing our game plan on Saturday. 


“We’ve had a meeting with our leadership group of players within the team to hear what their expectations are for the season and setting themselves realistic targets. 


“We typical Wolves team consists of hard work, good attitude and determination. 


“I know they will put in the effort and hard work in like they did towards the end of last season, and as a group of players and staff, we are looking forward to the new season.”