Connor Ronan reflects on a successful season for the Under 23s.
Up until his injury, Ronan had played a key role and captained Scott Sellars’ side in a season in which the Under 23s finished second in the Premier League 2 table.
The 19 year old also impressed for the first team during the 16/17 season as he made three starts and three appearances from the substitutes bench.
It was a heartbreaking end to the season for the young Wolves in the play-offs as they were controversially knocked out by West Ham at Molineux.
On reflection, Ronan says it was a great season and he believes that point was proven with five of the ‘23s squad making first team appearances.
He said, “Losing a game of football is never nice but the way you lose a game is always a big factor and the way the lads lost that game just made it 10 times worse.
“We played a full season consistently where we had the odd game where we got beaten - even when we drew, it could be seen as an off-game because we were winning that many games.
“For it all to just come down to that one game just like that, and under the circumstances that the lads lost, it’s not nice.
“All of the lads including myself are proud of how we did this season - not just the ‘23s and how well they did, getting to the play-offs and winning that many games compared to the season before as well.
“At the end of the day, all of the lads in the ‘23s are there to get into the first team - me, Morgan (Gibbs-White), Harry (Burgoyne), Bright (Enobakhare) a bit earlier in the season, Donovan (Wilson) as well.
“Even the lads that were around it in pre-season, so that’s more than five - it just goes to show that even the lads that haven't had a chance yet maybe because of position, if they can perform regularly and consistently for the ‘23s, they could end up in the first team.
“That’s definitely uplifting for the lads, knowing that you’re not just playing ‘23s football for the sake of it - you’re playing to impress and to get into the first team.
It was a huge turnaround for the Under 23s who went from finishing bottom of the table in the 2015/16 season, to finishing second this season.
Ronan says that there is a good feeling around the squad, something that was helped by winning games.
“When you're winning games, there’s always going to be a good vide - there could be a group full of opposite people, but if you're winning games it just works,” he said.
“Even from the start of the season, there was definitely a difference from the season before.
“It wasn't just on the pitch - off the pitch, the lads were more of a team, we were doing a lot more outside of the club.
“It shows on the pitch as well I think - to go from one season where we won not many games at all, to winning that many games and doing that well, it all came so quick.”