Wolves loanee Dion Sanderson has been named Sunderland’s Fans’ Young Player of the Year. 

The 21-year-old made 27 appearances – scooping ten clean sheets – before injury cut short his season for the Wearsiders.

Lee Johnson’s side will compete in the League 1 play-offs later this month, having finished fourth during the regular season.

Sanderson took to Twitter to react to getting the award and also gave an interview to the club website about the news.

“My time here at Sunderland has been class,” he said.

“When I came here, all I wanted to do was just as much as I could to help the boys.

“I have every confidence in the team to finish the job and win the play-offs. I had to work hard to get in the team to begin with – I was in and out of the squad at the start.

“But since (Johnson) came in, he gave me a chance and everything I feel has gone well. The fans have been absolutely class, and for me it couldn’t have gone any better.”

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The next question for Sanderson is whether his performances in the third tier were enough to earn him a shot in the Premier League.

This season has made it clear that Wolves need greater squad depth if they are to get back on track.

Sanderson is not a raw kid, he’s 21 – the same age as Pedro Neto – and will be looking to impress in pre-season when back fit.

By that time, Sunderland will hope to be a Championship club again and if they do get back up, their fans won’t forget Sanderson’s contribution.

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