Colorado Rapids acquire midfielder Connor Ronan from Premier League’s Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s getting crowded in the Colorado Rapids’ midfield, but to acquire Premier League talent, it’s an area of the field the front office is happily willing to help carve out space for.

The Colorado Rapids announced Monday morning the team had acquired Connor Ronan from English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The deal is for four seasons with an option of a fifth year.

Liam Keen of the Express and Star in England who covers Wolves, reported the transfer fee was for £500,000 (or $619,000) for Colorado to permanently acquire the Irish international midfielder.

“Connor is a highly technical and versatile midfielder who can play in both deep-lying and box-to-box midfield roles,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a team statement. “He brings a high level of energy and ability to cover a lot of ground defensively, but also exceptional vision and passing qualities. We’re excited to add a player of his talent to our roster and look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”

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Ronan, 24, had a number of loans during his time at Wolverhampton, including a breakout season at St. Mirren in Scotland where he was the Player of the Year for 2021-22 as he scored eight goals in 30 appearances. His goals in Scotland highlighted a strong leg as many of his goals came from well outside the box, but also showed the creativity and audacity needed to try such efforts.

He also went on loan to Blackpool, Walsall Portsmouth in England, plus stints in Slovakia and Switzerland. At the national team level, he has represented the Republic of Ireland twice at the senior level but has not made a debut yet.

Over his nine seasons with the Wolves since he joined the team’s academy as a 16-year-old, he made eight senior team appearances. He made his English Premier League debut against Brighton and Hove Albion in November. While many fans of the English club were hoping he would become a Premier League regular, he did earn significant interest.

He reportedly had suitors from across England and Scotland, as  Coventry City of the English Championship, the second tier, wanted Ronan, as well as Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield, Cardiff City and Scottish Premier League sides Aberdeen and Hibernian.

Ronan is the fourth player from Wolves to play for the Burgundy Boys, joining captain Jack Price, Joe Mason and Kevin Doyle, and he played with Price in the 2017-18 season.

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From a roster perspective, Ronan will be the 10th midfielder on the team, which includes Price and Bryan Acosta, as well as fellow young 20-somethings Cole Bassett, Ralph Priso, Max Alves and Oli Larraz. While it’s a crowded area of the field as plenty of players will be fighting for time, Ronan brings an intriguing edge that could be key for Colorado in a long season ahead with Leagues Cup, Open Cup and the 34-game regular season, while also considering future seasons.

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