Wolves goalkeeper Jackson Smith says he will hopefully go out on loan somewhere this summer.

The youngster has just returned to Compton Park after spending time out in Alicante with the first-team squad.

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Smith started against Besiktas on Saturday in the 3-0 win, and he also played in the fiery friendly with Levante.

It has been an invaluable experience for the youngster, who apparently integrated with the group really well.

The confident youngster is said to have given a memorable performance of American Pie for his initiation song, endearing him to the rest of the squad.

Smith said (Wolves official): “It’s been brilliant and the lads have been unbelievable with me. The skipper, Connor, has been class, and all of them have taken me under their wing and it’s been great.”

Smith was one of four goalkeepers to go to Alicante with the squad. Jose Sa, Matija Sarkic and James Storer being the others.

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Last term, Smith was on loan at National League North side Kettering Town, where he made 31 appearances.

He impressed, and back in April, their official Twitter account declared that Wolves had ‘a real gem’ on their hands. They also asked if they could keep him a little longer.

It remains to be seen what Wolves do with Smith in the next few weeks.

But it appears he himself is very keen to get out on loan once again to build his experience, rather than stay and play youth football.

He added: “I’m not sure. Hopefully I can get out on loan and play some games. Obviously, I was out on loan last season, so hopefully I can work my way up the ladder and play at a better level.”

Wolves should try and find Smith a Football League club

Having featured in the National League North last season, the next logical step for Smith would be the Football League.

Ideally, he will go on loan to a club that’s playing in League One or perhaps even the Championship.

Matija Sarkic spent half of last season at Birmingham City before his untimely injury.

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He did really well at St Andrew’s, and is now the number two at Molineux, replacing the departed John Ruddy.

He benefited immensely from playing regularly in a physical league, and hopefully Smith can get the same kind of involvement.