Ollie Tipton was named captain for Wolves’ Under-23 side’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League Cup earlier this week.
Tipton is a boyhood Wolves fan and he shared his reaction to the news with the club’s website and it was clear he was absolutely thrilled.
He has skippered sides further down the academy ladder but this was a new step for Tipton and the team got a positive result to celebrate.
“It’s really, really good,” said Tipton of being named captain.
“I was happy when I came in and he [James Collins] said I was captain, it put a smile on my face. I’ve captained the teams in the academy and at under-18s, but this is just the next level, it’s the next step in my career.
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“I play in the middle of the back three, so it’s a key area to link the team, hold the line, so it meant a lot when he said I was captain.
“I know the players, I know what their strengths are, so can get them together. We have got a young team, a very young team, but today showed that although we are really young, we can fight for each other, stick in there and hold against arguably the best [under-23] team in the country at the minute.”
Having that leadership should stand Tipton in good stead as he moves through his career.
Players will move through the academy ranks all the time and there is always the prospect the manager will need someone to hand the armband to.
He looks like a character who has experience of leading and can be trusted and the teenager will hope to have a long and successful career at his boyhood club.
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