Maximilian Kilman has celebrated a fine start to the 2021/22 season by committing his future to Wolves with a new long-term contract.
The defender is the only Wolves man to play every minute of action in all competitions this season and on Monday evening celebrated his first goal for the club against Everton.
That unstoppable header began a week which has now seen Kilman agree fresh terms at the club until 2026, with the option of a further 12 months at Molineux.
Now in his fourth year in old gold, Kilman has enjoyed a meteoric rise, having played in both the National League and Premier League during 2018/19, when he joined Wolves Academy from Maidenhead United.
His first-team game time and progress has increased season upon season since, and following Bruno Lage’s arrival in the summer, Kilman has been an ever-present in the defence, predominantly on the right of a back three.
A picture of consistency, the 24-year-old has found the perfect blend of dominant defending and composure on the ball, regularly halting opposition attacks and sparking fresh ones for Wolves.
Castore Player of the Month for August, Kilman has also earned nominations for the September and October honours, and November began impressively with the opening goal on Monday evening.
On the contract, technical director Scott Sellars said: “Our first focus was to reward Max for what he’s doing on the pitch. He came into the Academy late on in his development, but he’s really kicked on and it’s important we reward players for their success, and also retain our talents.
“When we brought Max in, he had potential. He had technical and physical ability, and while he was on trial, we could see he was a great kid, so we thought he could develop, but where he’s got to is credit to him, his mentality and desire to improve. He’s been very patient in that process, and his development has been fantastic, so it’s something we’re all very proud of.
“Ultimately, you bring players through, and the aim is to get them into the first-team, but to get there as a young boy from non-league football, into a team full of internationals, shows his focus and work ethic. We hope other young players can see what Max has done, and it shows there’s talent outside of academies, so we’re always searching for the next Max.
“This season he’s gaining in confidence each game. Previously, he came in and out of the team, but never let the team down, and he’s consistently starting now. He’s growing each game and topped it off on Monday by getting his first goal, which is enormous credit to him.”