I am delighted and so excited.Dion Sanderson
The in-demand defender joins the Club from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan after being the subject of interest from numerous teams.
Sanderson, 21, arrives at Blues amidst an ongoing 14-year association with Wolves that started in their academy at the age of seven and has seen him develop into a well-equipped defender for the modern game.
Having worked his way through the various age groups at Compton, including 27 outings for the Under-23s, Sanderson made his senior debut against Blues’ Second City rivals during a fourth round Carabao Cup tie in 2019.
This followed involvement throughout Wolves’ pre-season tour to China earlier that year, where he played in the Premier League Asia Trophy final victory over Manchester City.
In January 2020, Sanderson joined Cardiff City on a six-month loan deal and made ten appearances as the Bluebirds reached the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.
After signing a contract extension with Wolves last summer, he gained further experience on loan at Sunderland and scored his first professional goal against Rochdale in March.
Sanderson would play 27 times for the Black Cats and was voted as their Supporters Young Player of the Year, despite missing the end of the campaign through injury.
Having moved to St. Andrew’s for the 2021/22 season, Sanderson is ready to kick on in the next stage of his career.
He told BluesTV: “I am delighted and so excited. Once I heard the news, I couldn’t wait to get it done. As soon as I came in today, I have just had a big smile on my face. It’s unbelievable to be here.
“I think they have a great team [here] and it’s a big Club. Hopefully, it’s a chance for me to play, to impress the Head Coach and help the team out and fight their way up the table.
“I’m a quick centre-half that likes to play football, technically I think I am very good, but I am aggressive as well and don’t like to give strikers any chances.
“Everyone wants to play football and be in the starting XI. There’s always going to be competition but as long as it’s healthy competition, then it’s good competition in my eyes.”
Welcome to Blues, Dion!