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Terry Taylor looking to take his Wolves chance

"I can't complain!" says a smiling Terry Taylor as he tries to sum up his past few months as a professional footballer.

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While Taylor's name may not be a household one in Wolverhampton yet, the youngster has enjoyed a breakthrough half a year at Compton Park.

Despite having only turned 18 a couple of weeks ago, the Scottish-born former Aberdeen midfielder has bypassed the under-23s for now and been propelled from the under-18s to the first-team setup.

He travelled with Nuno's team to a couple of away matches last season, then joined them in Marbella for a spring getaway, before being called up to the senior Wales squad (he qualifies through his Welsh mother) where he impressed during a training camp.

Now he's in Shanghai, has Chinese fans asking for selfies and even shot a video advertising beer the other day.

"It's definitely the first time I've done that!" the defensive midfielder said. "I only turned 18 recently.

"It's been an eye-opening trip so far, I don't think any of us thought it would be as wild as it was.

"It just shows the support is here, which is impressive. It's great being out here, that's what you want as a young player, to be around the first-team boys to see how they train, almost try and copy that but then impress at the same time. I'm really enjoying it.

"I'm more comfortable around the first-team now, I went to Marbella and I knew how things were. It's still completely different to the under-18s and under-23s but I'm more comfortable now, I don't feel nervous about training or anything like that.

"I went away with Wales as well, which helps. I try not to look too far ahead, just do what I can in training and try and impress any way I can.

"Being here is good for me. I'll just take it as it comes."

Taylor is certainly not the only youngster looking to impress.

With noticeable gaps in the first-team squad – which Taylor says is in the back of the young players' minds – a good pre-season here could propel one of two or them into Nuno's plans for the campaign ahead.

"It's an exciting time," he said." There's competition but at the same time there are spaces open in the squad, Raul (Jimenez) and Romain (Saiss) aren't back yet and a couple of players have left.

"Everyone knows that but it's just about doing the same things. You want to impress anyway so that doesn't change, but it is in the back of your mind a bit.

"The gaffer is brilliant. He's done massive things for the club but he works with young players, speaks to you, tells you how you can improve. You know what he expects from you, which is important.

"All the boys try and keep the high standards that the first-team have.

"I'm a central midfielder, I'm mainly a defensive midfield player who drops deep but I can support attacks as well.

"I can play in a number of positions, wherever I'm needed, I'm pretty versatile.

"Being here is good for me. I'll just take it as it comes. I think I'll be staying at the club (this season) anyway, whether that's under-23s, being around the first-team or just whatever happens."