Player Profile: Max Sanders

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Name: Max Sanders

Born: 4th Jan, 1999

Previous Club: Brighton

Contract Expires: June 2023

Position: Midfield

Lincoln Appearances: 

2020/21: Appearances: 2(4) Goals 0 

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Max Sanders came through the ranks at Wimbledon, before moving to Brighton, appearing three times for the Premier League side, all in the EFL Cup, and was earmarked as their top Under 23 talents by 90 Minutes at the start of the 20/21 season. He was reported as ‘stealing the show’ during their September win against Preston, and it was widely reported that a number of Championship clubs had coveted his signature on a loan deal. His form in those games piqued the interest of former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell, who said of Sanders:  “In the previous round at Preston, he was probably the man of the match. Nice, neat and tidy on the ball. He puts his foot in. Tries to get forward as well.”

Back in the days of Chris Hughton, a man notorious for not naming young players on the bench, Sanders made it twice against Manchester United in the 2017-18 season FA Cup quarter-final and when Liverpool won 1-0 at the Amex in January 2019. He also captained Brighton’s Under 23 side at the age of 20, and was skipper in the 2017-18 season play-off final in which saw his side promoted to the top flight of Premier League 2.

In 2019/20 he played for AFC Wimbledon on loan, starting 18 League One matches. In addition, he has also been capped at Under-19 level for England on four occasions, all coming during the 2018 Under-19 European Championships.

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Sanders signed for the Imps on transfer deadline day in the winter window of 20/21, beating the deadline by just a couple of minutes. He made his debut a fortnight later as we went out of the EFL Trophy in the semi-final against Sunderland, but was withdrawn after 58 minutes and did not take part in the penalty shootout. He made his Imps’ league debut three days later during the 2-1 win against Wigan as a 72nd-minute sub for Tayo Edun. His first league start for City came on April 10th during the 2-2 draw with Blackpool, although he was withdrawn at half time.

In July 2021, Max admitted he had experienced a challenging start to his Lincoln City career, having picked up an early injury. He had been assured he had a future at the club by Jez George and the coaches, and his aim was to get fit an establish himself in the Imps squad.