As a member of the Wolves trio who spent the latter part of last season on loan at DAC Dunajská Streda, 19-year-old Daniel Csoka was in good company for his first taste of Slovakian football.
Growing up just over the border in Hungary, Csoka has found the transition to the Fortuna Liga outfit – which is based in a town with a large Hungarian population – easier than he did when he first made the switch to Wolverhampton.
Although yet to make a first-team appearance for DAC after spending the first half of the 2018/19 campaign with Rob Edwards’ title-winning Wolves under-23 side, Csoka trains with the senior side while starring for the club’s under-19 team – being described as the best player at that level by first-team head coach Peter Hyballa.
On his loan move to Dunajská Streda
“When I first came here, it was really good. I saw everything here, so many pitches and the environment was good. It was not a hard decision for me to come here.
“I have developed because I’ve been training with the first-team and got games under my legs with the under-19s.
“I wanted to play more games, but I’m young – I’m just 19 – so I have time to progress and all I can do is give my best in every training session, and when I play for the under-19s I must be the best in the team.
“I must show the coach that I am good enough to play, but overall, it’s been a good four months for me and I hope it can be better following the summer.”
On settling in at DAC
“We’re just 30 minutes away from Hungary and everybody speaks Hungarian here in the city, so I think that made it easier for me compared to when I first went to England, because I knew the language and I can go everywhere.
“There are also some Hungarian players in the team and they helped me a lot when I first came here. I can say it’s been easier for me here as I can also go home and see my family more regularly than I could when I was in England.”
On the facilities at his loan club
“I knew that they had a new Academy here, but I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. I think they have top level facilities here, like it is back in Wolverhampton, because we have everything here.
“When I first came over I could see how everything is perfect here to play football and to enjoy football.”
On making the step up from Academy to first-team
“Obviously, you can’t compare first-team to under-23s football because it’s more physical – even if it’s in Slovakia, because everybody says English football is physical, but I think it was a step up for me.
“I wanted to train with a first-team instead of the under-23s and I wanted to improve my physical attributes because everybody said that I have to improve, so I think it was a good decision to come over.”