Wolves wrap up deal for Zeli Ismail

Young Wolves prospect Zeli Ismail today ended doubts about his future by signing a new Molineux deal.

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Ismail and fellow academy product Jonathan Flatt signed professional contracts which will tie them to Wolves until the summer of 2015.

Supporters will welcome the news about Ismail who has been the subject of unwelcome interest since being given tipped for the top by former academy boss Chris Evans.

He predicted the youngster would become the first £100m player – a comment which has become a burden to the player and angered Wolves officials because of the expectations it triggered.

Winger Ismail was heading into the last year of his previous deal before putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year extension, while it is goalkeeper Flatt’s first professional contract after impressing during his academy scholarship.

Discussions are also continuing with several other young prospects as Wolves aim to give developing players every chance to progress towards senior level.

“We are talking to several of our younger players at the current time, and are delighted to have reached agreement with Zeli and Jonathan,” said chief executive Jez Moxey.

“It is the next stage along their respective developments, but it is just the next stage, and they both know they need – and indeed want – to continue improving.

“Zeli has been a regular in the new Under-21 team which has performed well this season, and also made a brief senior debut as a substitute in the Capital One Cup tie at Chelsea in September.

“With his future now secured he can concentrate on continuing his progress within the development squad and aiming to fulfil his potential.

“Jonathan is the latest in a long line of promising goalkeepers to have emerged from our academy,” added Moxey.

“He has a great deal to live up to when you consider the likes of Matt Murray, Wayne Hennessey and Carl Ikeme, but with his first professional contract now signed can also focus on continuing to work hard learning his trade.”

Comments for: "Wolves wrap up deal for Zeli Ismail "

rob

If he is that good, then fast track him into the senior team, another player who will go elsewhere as we will never play him.

Noisy

No news too good to provoke a negative comment on here!

ean33

fast tracking does not work, look at the amount of so called top players who just aint made the jump because they have been thrust into the spot light, leave him be and let the professionals do their jobs and bring him on correctly, just watch england in any boozer when sturridge or shelvy come on never mind wiltshire

chris

Can't help but agree. I Keep hearing good reports of the kid but why doesn't he appear on the bench more and at his age he should be knocking on the door of the first team. Looks like Sako will be missing for the African nations so this kid could be the answer but he needs game time

Ben

If he was that good he'd have got into the first team and left for a top club for bug money a la Wayne Rooney.

That's not to say I'm not pleased we've got him nailed down for a few more years and I'm not hopeful he can continue our recent trend of excellent wide players :)

odehillwolfe

I aggree if he is good enough play him .especialy as we r short of wingers

rob

I was not being negative, i was just putting a point accross that, we at Wolves are aweful at promoting our promising youngsters to the senior squad. Wayne rooney, Jack Wilshere, rodwell, Owen, etc all broke through as mere whipper snappers. Zeli should be in the team, if he does not get a look in, he will look elsewhere. That is all i was trying to say.

chris h

Good news. Lessons learn't after the Mark Davies debacle.Need to get McAlinden signed up and we have some useful midfielders and centre backs in the under 21 team, as well. But the failure rate with kids is high and developing kids should supplement our external transfer policy and not be used as a substitute or an excuse not to spend the Fletcher,Jarvis and Kightly money.

CastleValeWolves

Spot on mate. There is all the hype about Ismail but there are many others in our under 21's plus the likes of Doherty, Cassidy, Reckford, Griffiths and Winnall - all loaned out. Things are looking really good for the future!

jez moxey junior

That's Mark Davies, Premier League and Champions League winner and England captain for anyone who may be confused!!!

chris h

That 's Jez junior, golf caddie and would be author ,to the CEO. You remember our CEO folks ,the one who was one of the highest paid CEOs in the Premier.Paid handsomely for failure.The one who a former captain once said Wolves would never be successful whislt the said CEO was at our club.Looks like he was right.

HAARLEM WOLF

GREAT NEWS ABOUT ZELI AND CONGRATS TO BOTH LADS . WISH THEM WELL !

Not keen on this manager

Lets hope this guy doesn't go the same route as Mark Davies. Or is Moxey's sign em and sell em still apply.

steve bull wolf

we dont do we morgan and his compton park diamond try them if not up to it then get rid

Satar

Zeli has been with our club for a long time now and has played at different levels and it is a welcoming news to have him up till 2015. That's prove that he is one for the future because of interest from the big clubs to snatch him from the Wolves. Now we hope he will get his chance to make the grade in the first team as I am sure he will be better than Robbie keane. With our new manager I see that he will certainly give a chance to any new prospect if and when he decides it is time to do so.

Also it is a pleasure to find today that Mick McCarthy has got back into what he does best, that is to say, to bring back glory to a club actually in all sorts of troubles just like he took over Wolves when their future was in the balance with a lean squad after the departure of Glenn Hoddle. Good luck to him for what he did at Wolves.

NatalCleft69

Totally agree Satar. MM did wonders for the club and I look forward to welcoming him back in Dec. He can go back without the 3 points, but I do wish him well.

John De Wolf

Surely if he is performing well in the U 21's and he is that good, he is now at an age where he should be on the bench at least. We need some creativity and goals, so I hope Stale gives him a chance. He may surprise a few defenders in this league. If Forde can get a game then this Zeli should too.

WOLVESFANDAN

A bit of Good News. Hope we see A FEW more signings in Jan Transfer

Selly park wolf

Whats the point? He will never get a game,similar to mark Davies. When our three wingers all got injured in the same week he should have gone straight into the squad if he's that good?

The Real Bangkok Wolf

THAT'S THE TRANSFER FEE'S GUARANTEED THEN JEZ

richie dingle

very reassuring news, with a bit of luck, this year, and over the next year or two we can see some of the youngsters given a chance to shine in the first team, under mccarthy, their chances of making the first team was virtually zero, too many of our young prospects have been sold over the last few years without being given a chance, we have to give the next generation belief that they'll make the first team at wolves, because if we don't, then they won't come to us in the first place...

Mike T

Other than goalkeepers we have a poor record in bringing young talent through into the first team.

Let us hope that changes now.

Rollercoasta

Never play in the first team !,

Fact !!! How old was Rooney when he made his debut ? If he's good enough age is irrelevant .

verwood wolf

Lets give these kids a chance, before our coaching team can coach all the skill out of them.If you are good enough your old enough

Ernesto in La Parra Espana

It's good news that this Lad has signed an extension to his contract after the time that the Wolves have spent with him,however as I have posted before some thing needs to be done with the coaching and fitness staff to get the best out of him an any other up and coming young talents.After watching the 2 Man U Chelsea games and other top premiership games it is patently obvious that our players are not fit enough even at championship level.I can see what are world class players performing at a much higher tempo in the last 20 or 30 minutes or even in extra time than our players can manage in the first hour let alone in normal time . Stale could you please make some sort of attempt to sort this out because until you do we are going to stay where we are which for me after being a Fan /Supporter for the last 62 years is very disappointing,still living in hope for a quick return to the premiership, Wolves forever Ernesto (in the mountains in Spain)

Gornal Wolf

Bad luck Zeli...... all chance of a first team shirt are now gone!

SEDGLEY SHIN...

DON,T LOAN THEM.... PLAY THEM.. LET THE PLAYERS PROVE, AND LET THE FANS APPROVE OR OTHERWISE...

Doug

Great news re Ismail. I was at Chelsea for his debut and he worked hard and was really tricky for Chelsea to cope with. He'll be excellent in Stale's developing system of skilled ball players, though I do agree with Rob that he needs Championship games asap to truly get up to speed.

MightyWolvesV

BEST NEWS OF THE YEAR SO FAR!!!! WELLDONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED, YOU HAVE DONE THE BEST THING SINCE SAKO!!!! PLEASE LETS START GETTING SOME MINS UNDER HIS BELT GIVE US A TASTE OF WHAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR

GOOD LUCK DEAR ZELI, YOU ARE TO BE OUR LEGEND THANK YOU FOR STAYING LOYAL TO THE FANS WHO HAVE WAITED SOOOOO LONG GLAD TO HEAR YOUR READY TO BITE, HOPE YOU BRING BACK THE GOLDEN DAYS TO THE MIDLANDS!!! YOU HAVE SOME GREAT PLAYERS AROUND YOU, AND SOON TO JOIN YOU!!!

Solentwolves

Robbie Keane was 17 when he made his first team debut and I was there, amongst you, to see it. I remember it and the games he was to play thereafter with so much pleasure. I've never seen Zeli and only have fellow posters to go by - but if he is that good, say in the Robbie mould, shouldn't he be coming on the scene now? As Rollercoasta says, how old was Rooney when he made his debut? I remember all those years ago seeing Alan Hinton make his debut for us, 16 was he, and he went on to greater things, even if perhaps we didn't appreciate him enough at that time.

Old Golds Worth More

My thoughts exactly, if the youth team people think he's that good to stamp a £100 million tag on him, then he should be playing with the big boys where surely his development will increase. Rooney was playing at a younger age in Evertons first team, and didn't Hansen famously say about Man Utd, that they would win nothing with kids (Beckham, Giggs, Scholes and the Neville brothers) in their team, then went on to win the premiership? As the saying goes "if your good enough" etc etc.

chris h

Solent, Didn't go but I remember the game,away at Norwich.I recall listening on WM, the reporter at the game came on and said ' Robbie Keane is just 17 and he has scored a goal that he might not better in the next 10 years ' , he then came back on the radio a few minutes later and said' correction Robbie Keane has just scored one even better'.it was pretty obvious we had found some player. Then we have the sadness of last season,play our best football in the first half against Villa and then Keane did all that damage against us in the second half.Of course Morgan and Moxey should have got him on loan for us instead of the Villa.Price of everything and value of nothing.

portobello

liverpool sterling need i say more

razzaman

i agree with solent and others above - if this lad is good enough put him in now. the moment i saw robbie keane i knew he was destined for stardom - eleswhere............. give the lad a chance if he's top draw. remember the early seventies, palmer, sunderland, powell, richards. all young lads who made the top grade, and let's not forget chicken george and daley a few years later

The Real Bangkok Wolf

We have not played him yet as he could of walked for nothing when his contract ran out

Now he's under contract he will play and Morgan will sell at the first offer