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Gorman grateful for opportunity

Johnny Gorman is delighted to have been offered his first taste of Premier League football, and is hoping there will be more to come.

The 19-year-old made his top flight bow on Saturday as he stepped off the bench during Wolves' 2-1 defeat to Norwich.

His outing was a brief one, as he replaced the injured Michael Kightly late on, but he enjoyed every moment of the experience.

Gorman has already won nine caps for Northern Ireland at senior level, but admits making the grade in the English top flight at a club prepared to give youth a chance is his overriding ambition.

"It's been 18 months to two years since I made my international debut but I think the difference between international football and the Premier League is massive," he told Wolves' official website.

"From my point of view, I'm just grateful they gave me the opportunity, even for five minutes, because there are a lot of people who play their whole lifetime without playing in the Premier League.

"It's a start and hopefully I can keep working hard and carry on.

"In the last couple of years, it seems to be the youngest to play in the Premier League are 21 or 22. But you look at Wolves and we've seen Matt Doherty, Anthony Forde and myself play this season, and Dave Davis, who is a bit older.

"I've added to that so I think Wolves have set a benchmark that they do allow young players to come through - if they're doing well, they reward them."

Gorman added: "I've got nine caps for Northern Ireland and I think playing for my country before definitely helped.

"Growing up, everyone wants to play in the Premier League and I've had five minutes of it now.

"No-one can ever take that away from me and now I just want to build on it."