Wolves youngster Nigel Lonwijk has said he would love to play for the club’s first-team one day.
The defender is currently out on loan with Dutch outfit Fortuna Sittard.
It is the first time Lonwijk has gone out on loan, having joined Wolves in January 2020.
He quickly established himself as an exciting talent in the Wolves academy, moving up from the U18s to the U23s.
His form last season was good and ahead of 2021/22, Wolves decided the time was right for him to head out and get senior minutes under his belt.
Such is the club’s belief in the player, they handed him a new contract before his departure.
Lonwijk had to be patient upon joining Fortuna.
He didn’t start a game until November 7 against PSV Eindhoven, who are his former club incidentally.
But Lonwijk has started the club’s last two Eredivisie matches, and Wolves will be pleased opportunities are now coming a bit more regularly for their exciting talent.
The club’s official website has caught up with Lonwijk, and the teenager has given his thoughts about his stint so far.
He said: “I think it’s always a good experience to go out on loan. I keep getting minutes and I’m starting a couple of games, so it’s going quite well.
“It’s my first loan so everything was new to me. Being around the squad, training, and seeing how the team goes on with wins and losses – I’ve learned a lot.”
The main thing this term is for Lonwijk to play regularly and get that experience of playing senior football.
Wolves will then take a decision next summer on the next step for him, and Lonwijk said on that: “I signed a new contract and I’m now on loan playing first-team football. Next season, we’ll have to sit down again and discuss what the plan is, whether it’s trying to get into the Wolves’ first-team or going on loan again.
“It’s about showing myself and showing people what I could be. I would love to play for Wolves first-team someday, but we will have to wait and see.”
Nigel Lonwijk definitely has the potential to become first-team squad member for Wolves
It’s great that Lonwijk is starting to get more minutes out on loan.
He’ll definitely be learning a lot, with struggling Fortuna having to do a lot of defending in games.
He says he would love to turn out for the Wolves first-team one day – and there is every chance of him doing that.
Lonwijk is a physical defender who is good in the air and a solid ball-player, traits that are bound to stand him in good stead.