St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes Connor Ronan can capture the form that won him plenty of plaudits during his breakthrough at Wolves.

The 23-year-old is contracted until 2024 at the English Premier League club but hasn’t made a Wolves appearance since 2017. He will join Goodwin’s team for the remainder of the Scottish Premiership season after Saints’ year-long pursuit of his services. Goodwin believes Ronan is a player who can thrive in Paisley.

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Ronan is contracted until 2024 at Wolves. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

He said: “It’s very difficult to break into any EPL team. Connor is quite unfortunate. When he was in his early stages in Wolves, they were at Championship level. He was in and about it and there was a lot of hype about him. Then there was a promotion to the Premier League, a foreign manager and a flux of foreign players coming in.

“He is in a bubble of players down there that, unfortunately, won’t get to play for their parent clubs. This is another good step in his development. He sees the benefit of coming here. If it isn’t to be for Wolves, this could be a shop window for him to get a move to another big club for a fee.

“I have tried to sign him for the last two windows and I am glad to get him, eventually. He is a quality player and one who will excite the fans.”

Ronan suffered a foot fracture while on-loan at Swiss club Grasshoppers last season, but Goodwin says he could feature against Dundee United on Saturday: “He broke his metatarsal in his foot last season and he isn’t quite up to speed, yet. He’s fit enough to be part of things against Dundee United. He’s been training at Wolves recently.”

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