Wolves have made a third noteable Academy signing after snapping up Northern Irish hotshot Lee Harkin.
The 16-year old striker has signed a three-year contract and will join the club’s Under-18s. A trialist at Manchester United and Celtic, he has been on Wolves’ radar for two years.
Harkin, who has joined from County Londonderry, follows PSG defender Raphael Nya, 19, and 18-year-old former Charlton, Yeovil and Luton midfielder Hong Wan in signing for Wolves’ Academy this summer from other clubs.
“They’ve been bringing me over loads and I’ve played a couple of matches,” said Harkin. “I played against Bolton a couple of months ago and I scored two and we won 2-1. That was a couple of years older than my own age so it was good.
“I can’t wait to start pre-season. We’re over in Spain on July 7 and then we come back and go straight to China again so that will be good.”
Harkin made a splash at the Super Cup NI this time last year, producing stunning individual displays to stand out. He wowed the crowd with two dazzling goals against Manchester United in a 2-1 win, shortly after going on trial at Old Trafford.
At the time, Derry manager Martin Smith said: “Lee is a top player. To have that much talent in your locker at 15 is something else. If he keeps his head and keeps progressing, he will do really well for himself.
“Manchester United know all about him – he was there on trial a month ago. He was very unlucky not to get his hat-trick.”
Against United, Harkin opened the scoring after just 25 seconds producing an angled chip that United goalkeeper Daniel Polakowski could only help into the net.
Harkin thought he had scored again when he cut in from the flank and drilled in from an angle, only for the effort to be ruled out as the referee’s assistant believed the ball had gone behind for a goal kick.
But he netted another stunner 14 minutes into the second half. He produced some amazing footwork to leave his marker for dead cutting inside before smashing the ball into the roof of the net from just inside the area.