Youngster Pond joins from Exeter

Wolves have signed promising youngster Alfie Pond to join the club’s under-21s side.

The defender joins from League One side Exeter City on a five-year-deal, and possesses a lot of potential, having progressed through the Grecians’ academy and attracted plaudits along the way.

Now 18, but the 6ft 3in defender joined his hometown club at the age of six and worked his way through the system before signing professional terms with City last season.

This time last year the towering defender was making his senior debut for Exeter in a Papa John’s Trophy tie with Chelsea under-21s and followed it with a second senior outing against Cheltenham Town later in the competition.

Following time spent at on loan at Tiverton Town lats season, at the start of this campaign Pond played 45 minutes in the Carabao Cup, in a 7-0 win over Cheltenham, before a loan to Yeovil Town in the National League followed in August.

Highly thought of by City manager Matt Taylor, Pond chalked up two full 90 minutes under his belt while at Huish Park, the second coming as recently as Monday – a 0-0 draw with Wealdstone.

Now, the teenager joins Wolves to help bolster James Collins’ group, and will join their Premier League 2 squad, with his old gold journey potentially starting against Fulham on Monday evening.

Harry Hooman, head of UK academy recruitment, said: “Alfie is a player we have been aware of for a long time. He is an exciting prospect who has the potential to develop into a very good central defender and fits our profile perfectly.

“He possesses all the attributes we look for in a young defender and has the physicality and mobility we look for in a player. His use of the ball is good, and he has excellent defensive qualities.

“Alfie has a good presence and maturity on the pitch for someone so young – very much an old head of young shoulders. He has had an impressive start to his loan at Yeovil, playing men’s football in a tough league for a teenager. Now, we’re looking forward to seeing him develop with us.”