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Wolves loan manager Jackson talks up loanee Sanderson

Wolves loan manager Matt Jackson has told the Athletic that Dion Sanderson has already proved himself capable of being a Championship player.

Now, the challenge is for Sanderson to push on and the same report also claims that Jackson thinks the 22-year-old could be a future captain.

Sanderson is currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers, where he was sent in January, having been recalled from his time at Birmingham.

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“We know Dion can be at least a Championship centre-back for the rest of his career,” Jackson said.

“He’s proved that. We had loads of interest in January and we could have placed him in multiple places. The QPR style of play is good for Dion because Mark (Warburton, QPR manager) really encourages them to pass the ball.

“It’s a tight ground too, it can be a difficult place to play, so that’s a good challenge. And he’s got the challenge of trying to get into a promotion-chasing team and be around a squad and see what that looks like.”

Sanderson recently blotted his copy book though, getting a first red card in a game against Blackpool, but teammates still dug out a win.

He spent last season in League 1 with Sunderland, a huge club with demanding fans, before moving to the lower reaches of the Championship with the Blues.

Now, he is in a promotion chase and it is up to him how far he goes, although he will need to cut out the outbursts which saw him move his head into an opponent and earn a straight red to be captaincy material in the future.