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Connor Ronan praised after first minutes for Colorado Rapids since leaving Wolves last month

Former Wolves midfielder Connor Ronan has come in for praise, after he played his first minutes for Colorado Rapids at the weekend.

The 24-year-old departed Molineux towards the end of the January transfer window after a seven-year spell at the club.

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Ronan struggled for minutes this season.

Former Wolves manager Bruno Lage decided to keep hold of him, but never ended up using him.

Lage was sacked in October, and interim manager Steve Davis did hand Ronan a couple of appearances, including one start against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.

But that was to be his final appearance for Wanderers.

Julen Lopetegui was reluctant to use him.

Mario Lemina signed and the club were also tracking Joao Gomes. It was therefore decided that it would be best for all parties for Ronan to move on

And Ronan played his first game for Colorado at the weekend – and he’s already made a good impression.

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He got 45 minutes against Orlando City SC, with Colorado’s official website saying he ‘built out of the back, forced turnovers and slotted passes past the Lions’ defense’.

Ronan’s new Rapids teammate Jonathan Lewis said: “He’s a very good player, obviously coming from the Premier League, you can see he understands the game at a high level. [This offseason] we brought in players that are going to contribute to the squad and be big pieces for us.”

Rapids’ head coach Robin Fraser has also liked what he’s seen so far from from Ronan.

He said: “I thought he did really well [in the scrimmage]. “Early on when we were having trouble getting out of the back him and Jack (Price) worked well together to give options for the center backs to give us a number of different ways to get out and not knowing Connor really well, it’s good to watch him and see how creative his mind is in terms of finding solutions to problems.”

A good start for former Wolves player Connor Ronan at Colorado Rapids

It sounds as though Ronan is already held in high regard at his new club.

Hopefully he absolutely smashes it with Colorado.

Ronan should have played much more than he actually did for Wolves this season.

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Wanderers really struggled in the first half of the season. There were times were it would not have hurt for Lage to get him on. But seemingly, he just didn’t trust him.

That was despite scoring and assisting regularly during his loan spell with St Mirren just months before.