Doyle to join Wolves permanently

Tommy Doyle will become a permanent Wolves player on 1st July 2024, after the club activated the option in the midfielder’s loan deal this week.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful loan from Manchester City this season, turning out 30 times and bringing different qualities to Gary O’Neil’s midfield, and has now signed a four-year deal at Molineux.

Confident on the ball and holding an impressive range of passing, the youngster arrived on transfer deadline day last summer fresh from helping Sheffield United into the Premier League on loan the previous season.

The Molineux opportunity offered a first taste of the top flight for the City academy graduate, who patiently waited for his opportunities, which initially came off the bench and provided glimpses of his ability, particularly in autumn wins over AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

Once settled at this level, Doyle’s opportunities increased and a stunning Emirates FA Cup strike at Brentford began Wolves’ journey in the competition and earned the midfielder a place in the club’s Goal of the Season nominations.

A positive influence off the pitch and ever professional each day in training, Doyle earned the trust of his manager, starting in impressive Premier League wins over Everton and Fulham at Molineux, as well as the Black Country derby success at the Hawthorns.

Now, one summer on from winning the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with England, Doyle has made Molineux his permanent home until 2028, with the deal including an additional two-year option.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs said: “We’ve never seen Tommy as a player on loan, and he hasn’t acted like one. He’s gradually earned more minutes and become more important, which I think is an ideal first year. What he offers to our midfield is something different to the others, so there was a huge amount of inevitability to this.

“He buys into who we are as a club and what we’re trying to create culturally within the group. He’s a great player to have for what we’re trying to achieve off the pitch and he gives us so much on the pitch, so he’s the exact type of player I think Wolves should be signing.

“If you look at the type of players we like to sign as a football club, they generally haven’t reached their ceiling yet and have loads more to come. Tommy is a fraction of the player he will become, with the more he gets used to the league and the greater his understanding gets. I’m really excited for now but also his future at Wolves.”