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Loan Watch | Ming-yang Yang embraces Spanish culture

One of this year’s contingent of Wolves’ loan players who have embraced their new surroundings is midfielder Ming-yang Yang.

The 23-year-old is one of nine players who went out to play for Spanish Segunda División B side FC Jumilla at the start of the season.

And Yang – a Swiss native – has taken the loan spell in his stride, getting stuck in to the Spanish culture and cuisine since his move to Murcia.

“Having lived in Switzerland and England, being here in Spain is another experience I enjoy,” he said. “I’ve liked the weather, the country, and the food is very nice. I like new experiences, and this is just another experience that I have enjoyed.

“I’ve tried a lot of Spanish food and I like it.”

Yang has been a regular member of the Jumilla side so far this season, making an appearance in 12 of the team’s 16 league matches.

Happy with the chance to test his skills in a new country, Yang said: “My priority was to come here, play a lot of games and to get minutes.

“The last one or two years I haven’t played a lot, but this year I think the coach likes me and trusts me, so I’ve played a lot of games which is what I wanted.

“I think playing here has made me more mature, and I’m feeling better and better with each game – because playing is the most important thing.

“I don’t have any specific targets for the rest of my time here at Jumilla. I just want to keep going, try to improve my game and get more minutes – that’s my priority. Then I will see what happens in the break.”

Playing centrally and on the right of midfield for Jumilla this season, Yang was also part of the team which played in the 1-0 friendly win against a Wolves Academy side who made the trip over to Spain to further enhance the link between the two clubs.

Yang added: “I enjoyed playing against my teammates from Wolves. There have been a lot of changes to the team who came to Spain – a lot of the lads, I don’t know them, but it was a good experience to compare with them and it was nice.

“I think the link between Wolves and Jumilla is useful for both clubs because it allows players like me – and also the other lads here who are getting older – to get in a professional league, because playing in a men’s league is different to the junior leagues.

“The biggest difference between junior football and men’s football is that here it’s all about getting results. Sometimes you need to play ‘dirty’ to win games, but in the end it’s the result that counts.”

Away from Jumilla, Christian Herc has continued to be a constant member of Slovakian Fortuna Liga team Dunajská Streda’s side this season, playing the full 90 minutes in the club’s last eight league games, while Roderick Miranda has been on the bench for Olympiacos’ Greek Super League games, but the defender has played two matches in their Europa League campaign.

Back in the UK, Harry Burgoyne’s season-long loan at Plymouth Argyle has been cut short after the goalkeeper suffered an ankle injury at the start of the campaign.

Ben Goodliffe has featured in 19 matches for Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League, scoring a 90th minute equaliser in the side’s 2-1 victory over Hartlepool United earlier this month.

At Walsall, Connor Ronan has been a regular member of the League One side this season, playing the full 90 minutes in all of the club’s Checkatrade Trophy matches. Centre-back Connor Johnson has been on the bench for the Black Country club in all but two of their league matches this campaign.

Before being named as a substitute in Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Danny Batth had played the duration of the Boro’s previous five league matches, Aaron Collins has continued his record of featuring in every matchday squad for League Two side Colchester, while Sherwin Seedorf has made 10 appearances for Bradford City in their Checkatrade Trophy, League Cup and League One campaigns so far this season.

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