Ronan's time at Wolves comes to an end

Connor Ronan’s nine-year association with Wolves has come to an end, with the midfielder joining Colorado Rapids on a permanent transfer.

Having joined Wolves Academy in 2014, at the age of 16, Ronan quickly rose through the youth ranks to make his senior debut in December 2016 – a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest under Paul Lambert.

During the club’s promotion-winning campaign of 2017/18, Ronan played seven times under Nuno Espirito Santo, including against Premier League duo Southampton and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

Then began a period of regular loans for the Republic of Ireland youth international, who spent time at Portsmouth and Walsall, before splitting the 2019/20 season between FC DAC and Blackpool, earning him the Wolves Loan Player of the Season award.

After time with Grasshopper Club Zurich, Ronan flourished at St Mirren last season, winning the club's Player of the Season, Player's Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards, before his return to Wolves.

This term, the 24-year-old made his long-awaited Premier League debut against Brighton & Hove Albion, before registering his final Wolves appearance against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.

Now, he heads to the MLS, where he’ll link up with former Wolves teammate Jack Price.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs said: “Connor spent a long time at the football club and is really highly regarded as a person and a player. This is an excellent opportunity for him, he had three of four offers, but this is the one he wanted to explore. I think the fact there’s a Wolves alumnus in Jack Price there makes it easier and we were happy to help facilitate it.

“All of Connor’s attributes are top class, his character, his work ethic and his professionalism – he’s got everything it takes to be a success. Obviously, we’d have loved it to be here, and it hasn’t quite worked out, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do well, whether it’s a long career in the MLS or in Europe, but he has the ability and personality to do either.

“The job of the academy is to create players for our first-team, but also create careers. The amount of careers it’s starting to produce, with players at all levels of football, is impressive. Jon [Hunter-Barrett] and his staff have done an excellent job, but they know they’ve got to keep the levels high and do even better.”