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Loan deal extended for in-form midfielder

Manager delighted to keep Max Sanders at Wimbledon

9 January 2020

Max Sanders has extended his stay at AFC Wimbledon until the end of this season – and Glyn Hodges believes there’s plenty more to come from the 21-year-old midfielder.

Since making his loan switch from Brighton & Hove Albion, Max has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Wimbledon, his form playing a key part in moving us out of the League One drop zone.

With Max having made significant strides during his spell at Wimbledon, Glyn Hodges is delighted that the player is staying at the club for a longer spell.

“The loan deal for Max expired on 5 January, so we went back to Brighton, and we were hopeful that it would happen," said Glyn. "Until Max actually signed on the dotted line, you have to think about a replacement, but he was happy to come back here and he’s in fine form.

“Max started a bit slowly when he first came here, but he’s gone from strength to strength since he got into the team. During December, his form has gone up another level again and we are hoping that he can continue that. He’s a talented boy who has fitted in really well at the club. Max gets on well with the other lads and he’s made a good impression here. Hopefully, he can continue to improve with us during the rest of his loan spell."

Max spoke when he initially signed here about the special bond he has with AFC Wimbledon as he started his football career with our Under-7s!

After joining Brighton and progressing through the academy, Max has captained the Under-23 side and was called into Albion’s first team for their visit to Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup in 2018, taking his place on the bench at Old Trafford.

Sanders has also represented England at under-19 level, and featured four times for the Young Lions at the 2018 Under-19 European Championships.

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