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New deal to Sondergaard

Wolves’ talented young goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard has celebrated his 18th birthday by signing a new two-and-a-half-year contract.

The highly-rated Danish youngster, who has been the regular stopper for Rob Edwards’ under-23 side in Premier League 2 this season, has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at Wolves until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Although yet to make a senior start, Sondergaard was part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team squad which travelled on a pre-season trip to Switzerland last summer, while on the international stage, the goalkeeper has represented Denmark at several age levels, with his most recent appearances coming with the under-18s.

Scott Sellars, Wolves Academy’s head of player development, is delighted the club could agree the deal with Sondergaard to secure the keeper’s immediate future.

He said: “Andreas is making great progress. He only turned 18 on Thursday and has played great for the under-23s for almost a year now.

“We think he’s got a lot of potential which we saw his potential playing for the national team with Denmark, and he suits how we want to play. He’s very good with his feet and technically he’s as good as anyone I’ve seen for a long time in terms of his distribution.

“It’s good to see he’s still developing, he’s still growing and gives good protection, making important saves in his games.

“But now he’s signed to the club for an extended period, it’s our job to make sure he reaches his full potential and give him an opportunity to develop.

“A lot of our young players are progressing well towards the first-team in terms of training regularly and getting that opportunity.

“Rui Barbosa, our first-team goalkeeper coach, knows Andreas well and likes him, so it’s a positive deal for all involved.”

Sondergaard has made 13 league appearances for Wolves under-23s this campaign, helping the side to keep four clean sheets.