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Ronan in action for Ireland under-19s during a friendly against Austria in which he scored the only goal. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick


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Ireland under-21 international Connor Ronan has sealed a move to Portsmouth until the end of the English league season in pursuit of more regular gametime.


The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder made his breakthrough last season under previous manager Paul Lambert but has found minutes less plentiful this season.


Substantial investment in the playing squad and a spectacular start that's seen Wolves race 12 points clear at the top of the Championship table has limited him to just seven appearances.


So the 19-year-old has opted to link up with former Wolves manager Jackett until June at high-flying Pompey in an attempt to continue his development as a slightly lower level.


“I’m buzzing to be down here,” Ronan told Portsmouth's official website.


“It has been going on for the past couple of days and I’m happy to get it sorted and cannot wait to get playing.


“Hopefully I can get a good run of games here and get to know the league fairly quickly and get to do what I do best.


“I had an idea I might be going on loan coming up to when the transfer window because of a lack of games and a lack of opportunities.


“Now I’m just looking forward going out there and playing in front of the fans.”