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Wolves: Austin Samuels hints at desire to leave

Wolves: Austin Samuels hints at desire to leave -Wolves Transfer Rumours

On-loan Wolves striker Austin Samuels says he wants to ‘kick-start’ his career at Aberdeen, who have an option to buy him at the end of the season.

The lowdown

Aberdeen sealed the season-long loan deal for Samuels with a week remaining of the summer transfer window. They can make the move permanent if they’re sufficiently impressed.

Samuels has made 46 appearances for Wolves at Under-23 level, with coach James Collins dubbing him ‘excellent’.

He earned a first-team run-out in a pre-season friendly against Crewe Alexandra this summer, but has yet to be granted an official debut despite netting 18 times for the Under-18s and 13 times for the Under-23s (via Transfermarkt).

Wolves also allowed academy forward Theo Corbeanu to leave on loan, with the Canadian joining Sheffield Wednesday.

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The latest

Samuels hinted that he’s aiming to convince Aberdeen he’s worthy of a permanent move.

The 20-year-old is confident he’s made the best decision for his career.

“There’s an option for Aberdeen to buy me at the end of the loan period,” he said, as quoted by The Press and Journal.

“So, all going well and if both parties are happy, there’s a chance I’ll stay.

“I can develop and kick-start my career. I’m 20 now and have a lot of years to go in the game.

“I knew my next move would have to be right for me and benefit me a lot.

“I felt the move to Aberdeen would be a good one and hopefully I can prove that.”

The verdict

It certainly does look a good move for Samuels, who may get the chance to experience Europa Conference League football this season after plying his trade at League Two Bradford City last term.

The optional fee has yet to be specified, but you can’t imagine it’s too high given that Samuels hasn’t played a competitive minute for Wolves’ first team. Perhaps it will come to look pretty modest if he kicks on in Scotland, and time will tell if the Wanderers will eventually regret sanctioning a permanent deal down the line.

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