Wolves youngster Max Kilman has been rewarded for his progress with a place on the trip to China.
Now he wants to reward the guidance he is getting from Nuno Espirito Santo by chasing a regular first-team place.
The 22-year-old defender made his debut in the final Premier League home game of last season against Fulham after featuring in the first-team squad several times in 2018-19 without coming off the bench.
Nuno rates the former England futsal international highly and Kilman, who signed from non-league Maidenhead United last December, could feature in the Europa League when Wolves meet the winners of Crusaders and B36 Torshavn on July 25 and August 1.
Kilman was involved in the behind-closed-doors friendly against Huddersfield last Friday and is assured of a place on the plane to China when Wolves take on Newcastle and Manchester City or West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy on July 17 and 20 respectively.
“I’m looking forward to it now,” he said. “It will be a good experience out there, a different climate and different weather so it will be hard to get used to, but it’s a good challenge for us. It’s going to be very tough, it’s very humid there, but I’ve never been so it will be good.”
Kilman was involved against the Terriers last week and enjoyed blowing out the cobwebs in a game situation.
“I think it was a good run out. It was a hard week of training, so it was good to get our technique back, being in and around it and knowing how to get back into our positions,” he told www.wolves.co.uk
“It felt good to be fair. The week of training has done us very good so we all got straight into it. You can see we felt sharp and fit.”
Kilman says he is learning lots from Nuno. “He (Nuno) has been very good with me,” he added. “He’s always wanting me to work harder and harder so I guess I just need to keep going.
“I feel like I’m getting much stronger and more used to the tactical side of the game so it’s helping a lot. I think it’s taken quite a bit of time but I’m slowly starting to get better and understanding the role more, understanding what I’ve got to do.”
Wolves players have been doing gruelling double sessions to prepare for the return of the Premier League, but Kilman says he is reaping the benefits and admits the intensity is a step up from the Academy.
“It’s been very tough, very demanding with double sessions but it’s been good, we’ve been working very hard and we’re all feeling much fitter,” he said.
“I think it’s the intensity in training (that is different to the Academy). There’s a bit more running, a bit more focus on working in the gym and the stuff we do so it’s much more demanding on our muscles.”