Wolves Academy defender Dion Sanderson has signed a new two-year-deal to remain at Molineux until 2021.
The 19-year-old, in his first season as a professional, enjoyed an impressive breakthrough year in Rob Edwards’ under-23 side and has now signed a contract extension which includes a 12-month option.
The defender has been with the club since the age of eight, the earliest possible age, and, after linking up with the under-9s, rose through the system to be included in the under-23 team in 2018/19.
After recovering from a stress fracture injury during the first half of the campaign, Sanderson returned to start eight of the final ten games as Edwards’ side won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title.
Sanderson’s thumping header against Stoke City at Molineux in April set Wolves on their way to a 2-1 victory, which proved crucial in the search for promotion.
Academy manager Scott Sellars said: “Last year was a big year for Dion and he really developed. He’s a great kid who works hard, all the challenges we’ve put to him, even as a young boy, he’s always risen to.
“Stepping up to being a pro, the first year can be difficult, there are older players ahead of you and you have to get past, sometimes that doesn’t happen, but Dion played at right-wing back and centre half, and always performed really well.
“You’re not going to make it as a professional footballer if you don’t strive to improve, and he’s also got the sort of personality we like, really hard working, determined and committed. They’re qualities we’re looking for in players, and qualities Nuno looks for; how players act on and off the pitch is important to him and us.
“You’ve got to be a good professional to get to the high levels of football now. Dion got himself into the team and was very much a key performer as the season developed, so played a big part in the lads earning promotion. This is his reward.”