Why Wolves have struck gold with a new deal for Conor Coady
According to Sky Sports, Wolves captain Conor Coady has put pen to paper on a new 5-year deal at Molineux to extend his association with the Black County outfit until the summer of 2025. The 27-year-old has expressed his delight after committing his long-term future to Wolves, stating that he feels at home in West Midlands.
Conor Coady rose through the youth ranks of Liverpool but he made just two first-team appearances for the Reds, struggling to break into the senior ranks at Anfield due to stiff competition for places.
The centre-back rose to prominence during a successful loan spell at Sheffield United in League One before earning a permanent move to Huddersfield Town in the EFL Championship. Coady was snapped up by Wolves in the summer of 2015 following his impressive displays at Huddersfield and he has since gone on to make a staggering 239 appearances for the club in all competitions.
The 27-year-old was instrumental as Wolves won the Championship title in 2017-18 and has continued to be a vital cog at the back following the club’s return to the top-flight.
Coady made a total of 103 appearances in all competitions over the past two seasons as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side secured back-to-back 7th-place finishes in the Premier League while also making it all the way through to the quarter-final of the Europa League last term.
The talismanic centre-back has featured in all four of Wolves’ opening fixtures this season, including the victory over Sheffield United in the Premier League, as well as in defeats against Man City, West Ham, and the Carabao Cup exit to Stoke City.
A new deal for Coady – step in the right direction for Wolves?
Conor Coady has been a bonafide witness to Wolves’ meteoric rise from a mid-table outfit in the Championship to a competitive force in the Premier League within a matter of just four years.
Operating at the heart of a back-three system demands a perfect balance of attributes and Coady has certainly held things together with an aura of confidence.
Besides his obvious quality as a defender, Coady remains an invaluable asset to the club for his leadership skills. In fact, Coady’s charismatic presence at the back is one of the key reasons why Nuno Santo has managed to successfully transform the likes of Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker into capable defenders in the Premier League.
To put things into perspective, a new deal for Conor Coady comes as a massive boost to Wolves’ immediate as well as long-term plans moving forward. It also sends out a clear message that their captain is not for sale while putting Nuno Santo’s side in a strong negotiating position to fend off interest from elsewhere in securing Coady’s services.
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The 27-year-old has already established himself as one of the most reliable central defenders in the PL and still has several years remaining in his prime. Coady’s senior international debut for England last month serves as a clear testament to his rapid progress over the past couple of years.
Wolves lost mainstays like Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty to Liverpool and Tottenham this summer, and a new deal for Conor Coady is a clear indication that they are strictly against the continuation of such a policy.