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Bruno Lage says Connor Ronan thinks 2022/23 could be last chance to become Wolves first-teamer

Bruno Lage has revealed he had a chat with Connor Ronan in which the star suggested this season could be his last chance to prove himself as first-team ready.

The ace is going to be a part of Lage’s squad for 2022/23, after being linked with an exit from the club during the summer window.

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Ronan enjoyed a really productive spell with St Mirren last term.

And that led to speculation that Hearts and Aberdeen wanted to sign him.

Lage took a close look at Ronan in pre-season, and the 24-year-old supposedly impressed.

In the end, Wolves decided to keep Ronan for the 2022/23.

And Lage has revealed he has spoken with the player about the campaign ahead, and that Ronan was initially anxious about taking his chance.

He said (via Birmingham Mail): “I can see good things about him. When he came here in January without pressure he did amazing things in training.

“After, when he started and especially in that game against Farense, in the first 45 minutes he had a lot of pressure and made a lot of mistakes.

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“Even a kid from our academy needs time to adapt to this reality. I spoke with him and said ‘the plan for you is that you will belong to the squad at the end of the transfer window and we will move you to the dressing room. You will stay with us’.

“He looked anxious and he revealed that too, saying maybe it was the last chance he has to play for Wolves and be here in the first team.”

Connor Ronan should take confidence from the fact Bruno Lage has kept hold of him

It is interesting to hear Lage say that Ronan admitting to feeling a bit anxious about being back in the first-team.

Ultimately though, the manager has decided he wants him as part of his squad for this season, and Ronan should take real heart from that.

It’s possible he could get a decent amount of minutes.

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Lage’s tendency to play 4-3-3 this term means that he will need to rotate as the season wears on. There could also be injuries.

There’s no more Leander Dendoncker, and Luke Cundle has gone out on loan to Swansea City.

Boubacar Traore has come in from FC Metz, but there’s still potential for Ronan to get minutes here and there.