Jonny Castro Otto delighted to be back with Wolves pack
Wolves’ Jonny Castro Otto has likened the excitement of training with his team-mates again to ‘being a kid on your first day of school’.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad resumed contact training on Thursday and are now gearing up for their first Premier League game back, at West Ham in a few weeks.
On having some normality at Compton again, the Spanish wing-back said: “In all honestly, it was like being a kid again on your first day of school.
“It had been a long time since we were together.
“It was good to see everyone – I missed them a lot. You miss the moments together.
“At the end of the day, we are like a family in the dressing room.
“It’s amazing enjoying time with them and I really missed them.
“We enjoy playing and competing together and just simply enjoying the moment.
“It’s a different situation now, returning with everything that is going on, but the truth is, I could not wait to see my team-mates and go back on the pitch, back on the grass, play with the ball and enjoy that feeling.”
Games will resume without fans and Otto, although he has been keen to finish the season all along, admits a key aspect of the game will be lost playing in empty grounds – having been used to a packed-out Molineux.
“Ultimately, football is about the feeling; the nerves, the hairs that stand on end every time that you walk into a stadium with the fans cheering you on,” he said.
“This is the most beautiful thing about football, and we won’t have it right now. We will lose an essence of football.
“Unfortunately, this is something that has affected the whole world, not just sport, and hopefully this passes quickly, the whole world can go back to normal as soon as possible, and the fans will return to the stadium again and enjoy those moments.”
On the whole, though, Otto is happy to have the opportunity to see out what has been a very successful season for Wolves so far – sitting sixth in the table at the moment.
And he is enjoying being able to have game-like situations in training after months of training individually – at home and then on separate pitches at Compton – and doing small group sessions without contact.
“I think that it’s what we need. Ultimately, in football there is contact. We know that this is inevitable,” added Otto.
“I think that as soon as we can go back to normal the better because, in my opinion, the majority of us feel safe.
“There are very few cases in the world of football, not just here. The most important thing is to resume things with a sense of normality.
“This is football – a team sport. A sport with 22 players on the pitch and even more off the pitch behind the scenes.”