Michael Kightly trained with the Wolverhampton Wanderers squad for the first time yesterday as his move on loan from Grays Athletic, the Nationwide Conference club, was being finalised.
Kightly, aged 20, began his career as a trainee with Tottenham Hotspur and enjoyed spells with Southend United and Farnborough, before moving to Grays. He is relishing the chance to play in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, is happy to welcome the player to Molineux, initially for two months. But the happiest man is Kightly himself.
"Obviously Wolves is a great club with a great history and a magnificent stadium," Kightly said. "The first I knew of the move was last Thursday when I was told that Mick McCarthy was on the phone wanting to speak to me. As you can imagine I was delighted.
"This is my first time at Molineux and as soon as I walked down the tunnel I thought that this is where I want to be. The facilities are great and I can't wait to start training."
McCarthy said: "Michael is widely recognised as one of the highly rated young players in the Conference League. He scored 18 goals last season and has got ten so far [this season] from a wide right position.
"He's eager to get back into League football and improve and demonstrate that he can play at this level so we'll be having a good look at him. In the meantime he gives us cover and another option."n Striker Carl Cort is facing the possibility of surgery after once again suffering a knee injury.
The 29-year-old has been all but ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to meet Birmingham City at St Andrew's and manager Mick McCarthy fears the former Newcastle player could be facing another long lay-off.