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AFC Telford assistant Sean Parrish praises loanee defender Connor Johnson

By Lewis Cox | AFC Telford United | Published:

Assistant boss Sean Parrish has praised Wolves youngster Connor Johnson as a willing learner after the defender extended his AFC Telford loan.

Connor Johnson

The centre-half has extended his stay from Molineux until the end of the season after impressing the Telford management and supporters with his displays.

The 22-year-old is a regular at the heart of Rob Edwards’ defence. He originally signed on a one-month loan which was extended until after Christmas.

Parrish said: “He’s still adjusting. That’s what academies and under-23s teams are trying to do with players. We prepare them for real football and they come on loan to play men’s football

“He’s got a good attitude and he wants to learn, improve and play at a high level.

“He has first got to learn and do the basics with us if he has aspirations of doing that.

“Connor is a great lad with a good family. He wants to improve and is always learning.”

Johnson is joined by fellow Wolves youngster and defender Ryan Leak on loan at New Bucks Head.

Former Bucks captain Parrish, also professional phase support coach at Molineux, explained how Johnson recovered from being released as a schoolboy at hometown club Northampton Town.

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And it was former Wolves first-team man Michael Jacobs that encouraged Wolves to sign him at under-16s level.

Parrish, who was academy manager at the Cobblers, added: “I knew Michael but didn’t know Connor as much, just the name really.

“But they were living in the same village in Northampton and when we were both at Wolves he said to have a look at him.

“Football does not always work like that. Usually you would be released by Wolves and go to somewhere like a Northampton but with him it was the other way around.”

The Bucks are also keen to land an experienced centre-half to add more non-league know-how to their defensive ranks.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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