TRANSFER deadline day was a day to remember for Newport teenager Lee Evans as he sealed a dream move to Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 18-year-old admitted that the journey from the Newport County AFC academy to the Midlands giants in the space of 10 months was a dream come true.
County and Wolves agreed the transfer for an undisclosed fee early yesterday morning after Evans travelled up on the train from Newport on Wednesday night.
And, speaking from a hotel in Wolverhampton yesterday afternoon, having passed his medical and agreed personal terms, Evans was struggling to take it all in.
“It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said the former Wales under-18s captain who was placed on stand-by for the under-21s last week.
“I was in no rush to leave County but this is a really great opportunity and one I couldn’t turn down.
“I spoke to Justin Edinburgh and to Mike Flynn and they advised me to go for it,” he added.
“My parents can’t quite believe it either but they are really pleased for me and so are the boys at County.”
Evans only made his Exiles debut in March last year and caught the eye of Football League and Premier League scouts with his superb display in the FA Trophy final at Wembley in May.
“I do want to thank everyone at Newport for everything they have done, especially the manager for giving me my chance,” he continued. For him to have all that faith in me and pick a 17-year-old to play at Wembley was unbelievable.
“And Glyn Jones and the academy have all been great to me as well and helped me develop my game. I’m looking forward to a new challenge now and getting going here at Wolves.
“I’ll go into the under-21s set-up and from there it’s up to me to try and impress and, like all the young players, see if I can get in and around the first team squad.
“There are a few other Welsh lads here and obviously the manager (Dean Saunders) is very well known in Wales – hopefully I will do well enough to play for him in the future.”
Evans is likely to make his first appearance in a Wolves shirt in a development game on Monday.
“Hopefully I’ll be involved in that before coming back to Newport on Tuesday to move everything into an apartment that the club is sorting out for me,” he added.
“It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get started but I will be looking out for the County results.
“Wolves didn’t want me to stay on loan at County, they wanted me straight away.
“I’ll miss all the players. They deserve to go up this season and I hope they finish the job and get back into the Football League in a few months.”
Wolves’ head of development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell said: “There has been a lot of interest from Premier League and Championship clubs in Lee. We have been tracking him for a long time.
“For an 18-year-old player it’s going to be a good step for him coming into the elite stage of the under-21 league.”