Wolves have moved to snap up promising Yeovil youngster Hong Wan following their relegation from the Football League, as reported by the Express and Star.
The 18-year-old came through the academy at League One side Charlton Athletic but has been captain of the Glovers’ Under 18 side after making the switch to Huish Park. He also enjoyed a short spell with League One champions Luton Town last season.
He’s been signed as one for the future and will slide into the Wolves Under 23 set up for the upcoming campaign. Scott Sellars, head of the Wolves academy, is delighted with the capture of the midfielder and believes he has a big future at Molineux.
“With every player we look at bringing in to the academy, first and foremost they must have the ability. Hong’s been training with us recently and definitely has the ability, but he also has a great personality and clearly loves playing football.
“We’re hoping he’s going to bring these qualities to Wolves and expect him to fit in well with the programme we have in place in the academy.”
The youngster was equally as excited as his new coach, praising the style of football played at Molineux.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m very grateful to have been given a chance to be at such a great club.
“We’ve all seen how well Wolves have played this season, not just the first-team but the under-23s as well, and it’s certainly a club that’s on the rise. It’s a great feeling to be part of it.”
Hong was born in London but is of Chinese descent and owners Fosun have reportedly stated they’re keen to unearth young Chinese talent as part of their strategy to market the club in the Far East.
Remember the name. This is a signing that won’t yield instant results, but a coach at Charlton described Wan as being “without a doubt the best number four I have had the pleasure in developing.”
He’s with a good club playing at the top level and the only way is forward now. He might not be a regular in the first team for a few seasons, but this won’t be the last you hear of Hong Wan, that’s almost certain.
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