By Danny Wright
AFC Telford have signed Wolves defender Connor Johnson on a short-term loan deal, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
The National League North side announced on their official Twitter account that Johnson, 19, had joined them on a one-month deal after agreeing terms to exit Molineux for what will be the first time in his short career.
— AFC Telford United (@telfordutd) September 5, 2017
Johnson is yet to earn a senior appearance in his career but will more than likely do just that during his temporary stint at the Shropshire club, who have strong connections with Wolves as it is where their Under-23 side usually plays their home games.
Telford are managed by former Wanderers coach Rob Edwards and have sent Harry Burgoyne to play at the New Bucks Head in the past and he has since emerged into the first-team.
Johnson has been a key part of the club’s Under-23 squad and has featured in all 90 minutes of their three Premier League 2 fixtures this term in the heart of the back four.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves have a very reputable academy and youth system, so they definitely know what they’re doing in terms of developing young players. Their link to Telford and their Shropshire rivals Shrewsbury has worked well in the past so it makes sense to keep using them to help younger players get the first-team experience they need. The National League North is a tough league and is very physically demanding. Johnson will no doubt be helped by being familiar to the facilties at the New Bucks Stadium and will surely return to Molineux as a better player than he left after his spell at Telford expires.
In other Wolves news, this striker has suffered a major injury blow and is out until next year.