By Nathan Bliss
Wolves U23 forward Donovan Wilson has been named Premier League 2 Player of the Month for December.
The 20-year-old expressed his delight at receiving the award, after being nominated a number of times previously.
“I’m really happy, I’m buzzing to get the award, said Wilson.
“I’ve been nominated a couple of times but this is the first time I’ve won so I’m really happy to win it now.
The striker was nominated after scoring a wonderful second-half hat-trick in a PL2 clash with Southampton just before Christmas, in which Scott Sellars’ team came from 2-0 behind to win 4-2.
“I’m buzzing to get my first hat-trick this season against Southampton, with the team being 2-0 down it’s a good turnaround so I’m happy.
Wilson was particularly happy with the third goal of his match-winning triple, after producing a great strike into the top corner of the opposition net, with his weaker foot!
“Yeah, I was buzzing about it to be honest, it was my right foot as well!
The former Bristol Rovers player believes that playing in the Premier League 2 has helped his confidence and development as a player.
“I think technically it has helped me develop a lot.
“There’s a lot of technical players in the league so it’s helped my game a lot over the years.
“As a striker, it’s always good to score goals, so when your scoring goals you get more confident, you play better and it helps you a lot.
Wilson also heaped praise on his U23 Manager Scott Sellars, who he says has had a massive impact on his development as a player.
“Scott has helped me a lot with my game.
“My movement especially, when to go long, when to come short and when to link the play.
“I think my overall game has improved a lot.
Wolves U23’s will be back in action on Friday 12th January against Stoke City U23’s, after a month-long break. Wilson believes the opposition represent a different challenge to what they’re used to.
“I think they’re quite a physical side.
“Different teams bring different aspects of play and I think Stoke like to do that side of the game, it will be a different challenge for us.
“I’ve not played for a month so I’m happy to get back out there and do well.
Although the forward is available for the U23’s against Stoke City, Wolves have announced that Wilson will be joining League Two side Port Vale on loan until the end of the season.
Wilson, who got his first senior goal in the Carabao Cup in September, is looking forward to getting regular league football under his belt in order to develop his game, with his ultimate aim being the Wolves first team.
“I’m really happy to be able to go out and get some games in the league.
“The first team are flying at the moment, so the best thing for me is to go out on loan, get some games under my belt and score some goals.
“Hopefully then I can push for the first team next season.
“Now I’ve got the chance to do that (play at a higher level).
“I’ve got to go and prove to myself I can play men’s football.
“It’s a really good club, so hopefully I can go there, score some goals and help them push on.”