Moulden and Sondergaard make loan moves

Wolves goalkeepers Louie Moulden and Andreas Sondergaard will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 season on loan at Ebbsfleet United and Hereford respectively.

The duo, who have both featured heavily between the sticks for James Collins’ under-23s during the past few seasons as well as backing up the first-team keepers, will further their development in the sixth tier of English football.

Moulden joined Wolves in 2021 after coming through the youth systems of both Liverpool and Manchester City and has been the development team’s regular number one since then, making 12 appearances during the first half of the 2021/22 Premier League 2 campaign, while also being involved with the senior squad in the Premier League and FA Cup on almost a dozen occasions.

The England under-20 international came into the team after fellow stopper Sondergaard joined Randers on a six-month loan in the summer, in what was the Dane’s first temporary move from Molineux.

Since arriving at Wolves back in January 2018, Sondergaard established himself as part of the first-team squad, appearing among the substitutes in the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup, but now the 21-year-old switches to Hereford in the National League North until the summer of 2022. Moulden is also heading to the sixth tier on his first loan, but will join National League South’s Ebbsfleet.

Matt Jackson, Wolves’ strategic player marketing manager, said: “When finding a loan for a goalkeeper, every club has to look further down the pyramid. When a league club wants a goalkeeper, they generally want experience and there’s always several experienced keepers floating around the system.

“This means the only way young goalkeepers can gain experience, especially for their first loan away, is by going to a different level, but you still have shots to save, you still have bodies around you at set-pieces and the pitches might not be at the same standard they’ve been used to, so it’s a fantastic learning experience.

“The good thing about where Ebbsfleet and Hereford are in the pyramid is that we can monitor both players closely, we can have them back into the building on a regular basis and we can maintain their really high coaching standards, while continuing to grow the goalkeeping network that Scott Fry has done so well to develop.

“Both Louie and Andreas will have to cope with the physical side of the men’s game and all the tough elements of goalkeeping. They will make a few mistakes, which we all do early in our careers, but the challenge is to learn from them, progress and show a really good spirit to improve in their development.”

There was also a January transfer window deadline day move for Spaniard Erik Bugarin, who will return to his homeland on a permanent deal with La Liga side Elche CF.

The forward, who joined Wolves as a first-year scholar in the summer of 2019 having progressed through Celta Vigo’s academy, has seen his time in gold and black disrupted due to injury issues, making just 24 appearances for the under-18s and under-23s in all competitions.