The retained list was announced by Wolves on their official website on Sunday. The list has been submitted to the English Football League (EFL) as the club prepares for a return to the top flight. On 6 July 2017, it was announced that Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up. Also among the retained players are the duo of Bright Enobakhare and Dominic Iorfa. Meanwhile, 12 senior players were not offered new contracts and five youngsters have been released from Wolves scholarship programme. Wolves were crowned champions of the 2017/2018 English Championship which secured automatic promotion to the Premier League. Wolves’ retained players for 2018/2019 EPL season: Benny Ashley-Seal Danny Batth Harry Beasley Ryan Bennett Harry Burgoyne Oskar Buur Ivan Cavaleiro Conor Coady Aaron Collins Helder Costa Daniel Csoka Sylvain Deslandes Matt Doherty Barry Douglas Ethan Ebanks-Landell Niall Ennis Bright Enobakhare Morgan Gibbs-White Paul Gladon Pedro Goncalves Ben Goodliffe Jordan Graham Boubacar Hanne Andrew Harris-Sealy Kortney Hause Aaron Hayden Christian Herc Carlos Heredia Carl Ikeme Dominic Iorfa Cameron John Connor Johnson Ryan Leak Ben Marshall Joe Mason Dan McKenna Rafa Mir Roderick Miranda Duckens Nazon Ruben Neves Will Norris Phil Ofosu-Ayeh Prince Oniangue Owen Otasowie Will Randall Connor Ronan Jack Ruddy John Ruddy Romain Saiss Austin Samuels Enzo Sauvage Sherwin Seedorf Aaron Simpson Andreas Sondergaard Ben Stevenson Elliot Watt Donovan Wilson Ming-Yang Yang Michal Zyro.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a poignant statement of solidarity and determination by retaining Carl Ikeme among the 59 players enlisted for the forthcoming Premier League season, as reported by Wolves on their official website. Ikeme, the Super Eagles goalkeeper, continues his battle with acute leukaemia while being part of the squad that earned promotion to the top-flight league.
Despite the adversity faced by Ikeme, whose diagnosis with acute leukaemia prompted his absence from the team last July, Wolverhampton Wanderers remained steadfast in their support for the player, reflecting the club’s commitment to their squad members. The goalkeeper is presently undergoing treatment as Wolves gear up for their Premier League comeback.
The announcement of the retained list by Wolves marks a pivotal step as the club readies itself for the competitive challenges of the English top flight. The inclusion of Ikeme on this list serves as a testament to the collective spirit and unity within the team.
Among the retained players are the talented duo of Bright Enobakhare and Dominic Iorfa, highlighting the blend of youth and experience Wolves aim to leverage in their Premier League campaign.
However, the club bid farewell to 12 senior players who were not offered new contracts, and five young talents were released from the Wolves scholarship programme, signifying a transitional phase for the team.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, crowned champions of the 2017/2018 English Championship, earned their place in the Premier League through automatic promotion, marking a triumphant return to top-tier football.
As Wolves prepare for the rigors of the Premier League, their commitment to retaining Ikeme and their squad members underscores the resilience and unity within the team, setting the tone for an emotionally charged and competitive season ahead.