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Conor Carty explains Wolves exit after scoring first goal for Bolton

Bolton Wanderers youngster Conor Carty has revealed the desire for regular first-team football was a big factor in him leaving Wolves in the summer.

The 20-year-old was one of eight players released by the club in the last window.

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Carty never made an appearance under Nuno Espirito Santo or Bruno Lage.

He played for Wolves’ U18s and U21s, but couldn’t quite break through to the first-team.

So Carty decided to pursue pastures new, and the youngster has revealed it was a mutual decision.

He told The Bolton News: “My contract was running up at Wolves and I wanted somewhere I could go to get an opportunity.

“I think it was a mutual decision in the end. They knew I wanted to play regular football and they knew I had to move on to do that.

“I am loving it here.”

Carty joined League One Bolton as part of a mass recruitment drive, and has so far been with their B team.

But he’s already making an impression, and was drafted into first-team training on Monday ahead of their game with Tranmere Rovers in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Carty would score a clinical equaliser after coming on as a substitute.

Bolton eventually lost on penalties, so it was a little bittersweet for Carty, but his card is now marked.

Conor Carty justified in leaving Wolves as youngster scores belter for Bolton

If he felt there was no real chance for him to break through into the first-team, then Carty’s decision to leave Wolves was fair.

And by the sounds of it, Wolves officials also felt him moving on was the right thing.

Carty is very talented young player who is also a Republic of Ireland youth international.

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Ultimately he wants to be getting regular football at senior level, and you would imagine he’ll soon get there after his cracking goal against Tranmere.

Hopefully he’ll soon break through, and Carty can fly the flag for the Wolves academy.