01:08PM, Tuesday 03 December 2019
Former Maidenhead United full-back Max Kilman was bursting with pride after making his first Premier League start for Wolves in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
The 22-year-old was happy and relieved to have played well against the Blades and told Wolves TV afterwards it was his 'proudest moment' in the game so far.
Kilman was thrown in for his first Premier League start having played in the side's 3-3 Europa League draw with Braga just a few days before.
It's been a meteoric rise for the former England Futsal international.
A few seasons ago he was playing on loan for Marlow FC in the fourth tier of non-league football before catching the eye of league and Premier League scouts in Maidenhead United's debut National League campaign.
In fact, his last league start before Sunday came in Maidenhead's 5-2 win over Bromley on the final day of the 2017-18 season. A few week's earlier he scored a wonderful winner for the club against Dover Athletic.
Kilman has been part of Nuno Espirito Santo's plans for a while and hasn't had to wait long for first team chances. He's already played several times in Europe and has come off the bench for Wolves in the Premier League.
Kilman told Wolves TV: “It was unbelievable, I never expected to be playing a couple of years ago.
“To finally get that first game, I’m very relieved and really happy. Of course, my proudest moment so far for sure.
“Yeah, it’s been ok. I already made by debut at the Molineux, obviously not in the Premier League.
“But I just thought just take the game normally, it’s just a game of football. Something to build on and go from there. And, yeah, I was very happy. Yeah, because Sheffield are a very intense side. They came at us really quickly and we took quite a while to get into it.
“But I think in the second half we started to dominate and really turn the game around. We matched them with the intensity and showed them how good we are on the ball.”
On Kilman's performance, Nuno simply said: "He's ready.
"He's getting stronger, so let's keep on building."
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