Cundle completes Swansea loan

Young Wolves midfielder Luke Cundle has signed for Swansea City on loan and will spend the 2022/23 Championship season with the Welsh club.

The 20-year-old academy graduate has made seven senior appearances in gold and black since being promoted into the first-team squad and heads to Swansea in a bid to continue his development and gain new experiences in the second tier of English football.

Cundle joins a Swansea side who are sat just inside the Championship relegation zone after the opening six matches of the season, which saw the side fall to Ryan Giles’ Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

This will be the Warrington-born midfielder’s first move away from Wolverhampton having joined the club as a 12-year-old in 2014, progressing through the academy to becoming a permanent member of Bruno Lage’s first-team squad.

While stepping out for Wolves in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Cundle – who signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this year – continued to represent and wear the captain’s armband for James Collins’ development side, helping them secure promotion into Premier League 2 Division 1 last season.

Strategic player marketing manager Matt Jackson believes the time is now right for Cundle to make the temporary move from Wolves and experience a new environment with the Swans at Championship level, which will ultimately benefit his future career.

“This is the first time Luke has been out of the Wolves environment,” Jackson said. “He’s had a lot of involvement with the senior squad here in the Premier League, albeit without a great amount of playing time, but the training he’s had with the manager and his staff have put him at a really good place in his career.

“But we now feel he needs that experience at Championship level in a very good training environment and in patterns of play that he’ll be very used to and suit his strengths with their possession-based game at Swansea. We’ve worked very hard to find clubs which are a good fit for our players, and we are really confident that this is another that will fit well.

“When a player goes out on loan, it’s always about the development, and we’ve seen when our other players have gone out to the Championship previously that’s it such a tough league to prove yourself in, and what we want to achieve for Luke with this move is the all-round experience he will gain by going to Swansea.

“Of course, we would like him to get game time, but it’s about progressing his own career, learning to play in tough atmospheres and high intensity games – which you certainly get in the Championship. But as a club, we also need to find out what exactly is his ceiling of performance, so he can come back and affect our first-team at some point in the future.”