Jack Sanders says he’s ready for a ‘new challenge’ after swapping Wigan Athletic for Kilmarnock.

The 22-year-old centre-back is another signing in Tommy Wright’s rebuild of the Rugby Park squad. Sanderson spent time out on loan at Blyth Spartans and AFC Fylde while at Wigan and now moves to Ayrshire ahead of Kilmarnock’s first season in the Scottish Championship for 28 years.

Kilmarnock v Dundee - Scottish Premiership Playoff Final 2nd Leg

Jack Sanderson has joined Wright in Ayrshire. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sanders said: “The move happened quite fast with a few phone calls and as soon as I got to the stadium then you can see it is a massive club. You get the vibe right away that this club wants to go straight back up and I want to be part of that and develop here.

“I started my career in the non-league ranks and was picked up by Wigan. I spent two years there, which I thoroughly enjoyed and developed while there and out on loan. Now I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge. I know Paul Stephenson from my time at Blyth Spartans and I’ve spoke to the manager and I want to make a good impression here.”

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