Wolves teenager Kam Kandola has signed his first professional contract with the club.

He has been in the club’s academy for the past ten years and is now a fixture in the Under-18 side.

Kandola also scored the winning penalty in the penalty shootout win over League 1 outfit Wigan Athletic in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier this season.

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Scott Sellars was full of praise for the 17-year-old after the news was confirmed, speaking to the club website.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United: U18 Premier League North
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“We’re really pleased for Kam because it’s always great to see a local boy progress. He’s always been consistent and even when challenges have come his way, he’s really worked hard to overcome them and reach this stage.”

“Kam is a really bright kid, he’s taking his A-levels, so it’s been a massive commitment from everybody, and we’re delighted that commitment has got its reward.

“Kam is a great representative of the south Asian community in Wolverhampton. There is a real shortage of players from that background in football in general, but we want our club to reflect our local community.

 

“I’d love to think that south Asian kids growing up in Wolverhampton will see Kam as a great role model because he’s done a lot of work in telling his story. Hopefully he’ll inspire more local boys.”

Kandola has already drawn praise from Under-23 manager James Collins twice this season.

In September, Collins said that the teenager had surprised him with how good he has been.

Later that month, Collins hailed his ability to step up in big moments defensively.

The signs are good for Kandola, but it is the same story for all of the talented teenagers who have recently signed pro deals with Wolves – the hard work starts now.

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