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Taylor Perry's pride at Wolves involvement

Wolves youngster Taylor Perry is hoping to catch Nuno Espirito Santo’s eye as he looks to make a first-team breakthrough this season.

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The attacking midfielder was on the bench for last week’s 2-0 Europa League win over Crusaders at Molineux – his first involvement in a competitive senior squad.

That came on the back of making two impressive substitute appearances in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China.

Perry, aged 18, has already been at the club for 11 years – and is thrilled to be in and around the first-team squad.

“Just to be part of it is a great experience,” he said.

“It’s a learning curve for me and hopefully it’s a good start.

“It’s been a whirlwind few weeks and a great experience going to China and getting minutes with the first-team. It helps me improve as a player.

“At the start of the summer I probably wasn’t expecting it. I finished last season on a high so it’s onwards and upwards.

“China was great, the weather was tough but to play against Newcastle and Manchester City was great for me and just betters me as a player, every time.

“It gives me a confidence boost to be picked, the gaffer showed trust in me to put me on for half an hour each time.

“I thought I proved a point and took my chance.”

Perry, from Kingswinford, contributed to the penalty shoot-out win over City in the final in Shanghai, smashing his spot kick into the roof of the net.

“I was relieved when I scored!” Perry said. “I slipped after I took it but it went in.

“I felt proud after we won the trophy especially as I played a part in it and helped the team.

“I got lots of messages from my family, they’re all proud and I’m grateful for the support."

His aim now is to continue to impress Nuno and hopefully earn his competitive debut in a Wolves shirt.

“I first came to the club when I was seven years old," Perry added. "It’s been a long journey but the hard work over the years is starting to pay off, it makes me proud.

“Whenever I’m training with them I know what Nuno expects from me – to raise the standard and be as good as the first-team players, which is what I try to do and try to impress him.

“I just want to prove to everybody and set high standards, hopefully in and around the first-team. If not, have a good season in the under-23s.”