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Matt Hobbs reacts as Connor Ronan leaves Wolves after nine years

Connor Ronan is officially no longer a Wolves player, having left to join Colorado Rapids on a permanent deal.

The midfielder has departed Molineux, after a nine-year stint at the club.

Ronan joined Wolves from Rochdale back in 2014 at the age of 16, and rose through the ranks to make his first-team debut in 2016 under Paul Lambert.

Ronan made seven appearances in the 2017/18 Championship-winning season under Nuno Espirito Santo.

He would then embark on several loan spells to further his development, the most successful being the one he had last season with Scottish side St Mirren.

He excelled at the Paisley outfit, and won their Player of the Season award for 2021/22.

Ronan returned to Wolves last summer, and caught the eye of Bruno Lage in pre-season.

The Portuguese decided he wanted Ronan as a part of his squad moving forwards. But sadly Ronan didn’t get a single minute under him.

Steve Davis came in and gave him his Premier League debut at long last, putting him on for the last couple of minutes against Brighton.

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Ronan then started the Carabao Cup game against Leeds United.

Since Julen Lopetegui arrived, Ronan slipped back into the shadows at Wolves and didn’t get any minutes. The Spaniard said that Ronan would have been in line for some minutes, but it was now been decided that Ronan will take up a new adventure.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs said (Wolves official): “All of Connor’s attributes are top class, his character, his work ethic and his professionalism – he’s got everything it takes to be a success.

“Obviously, we’d have loved it to be here, and it hasn’t quite worked out. But that doesn’t mean he can’t do well, whether it’s a long career in the MLS or in Europe, but he has the ability and personality to do either.”

Connor Ronan deserved more of a chance at Wolves, as he embarks on new chapter with Colorado Rapids

So Ronan has left Wolves, which probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to many.

He just never seemed to earn the trust of Nuno, Lage, Davis or Lopetegui, and it is a real shame.

He’s a cracking midfield player, capable of providing goals and assists, as evidenced by his spell in Scotland.

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Earlier this season when Wolves were really poor, that felt like a chance for him to play. Things were not working, so he surely had to.

But proper opportunities never came for Ronan. And now there is a lot of competition in midfield.

Hopefully he will enjoy his time in the MLS, and it would be good to see him come back to Europe at some point.