Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that talented young attacker, Diamond Edwards, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 2025.
Edwards, who joined the club at 16-years-old from Reading, signed his first professional contract in December 2020 and has now committed his future to Saints for a further two and a half years.
The promising 19-year-old made an excellent start to the 2022/23 season, earning a call-up to the first team pre-season training camp in Austria before hitting the ground running in Premier League 2.
After registering two assists in his first three appearances at Premier League 2 level, he was part of the trio of Academy stars who made their professional debuts in the Carabao Cup against Cambridge United in August.
However, in October, he sustained an ACL injury that has left him sidelined for a month, and will likely keep him out for the majority of the season.
As his rehabilitation continues, Edwards explained that the reward of an extended contract felt like a show of faith in his ability from the club:
“It feels good, coming from an injury and still being injured it’s very relieving to be in this position.
“This gives me more motivation and drive to keep striving forward through this tough period, but it’s also allowed me to come to terms with my injury and focus on the rehab.
“I’ve been making some good strides [during rehab], reaching milestones and it’s been a lot of progress.
“It’s good to know that the club trusts me and knows what I’m capable of, and backs me 100 per cent of the way. That security lets me focus on coming back even stronger.”
On the news, Academy Director, Matt Hale said: “Diamond’s recognition by first team staff this season highlights what the Club feel about his talent.
"He is an exciting, attacking player and has superb creativity with the ball. We are confident Diamond will add time to his first team minutes over the next 12 months and beyond.
“We are particularly pleased for Diamond given that he's currently recovering from a long-term injury. This provides him with a good level of security and safety in the knowledge that we recognise his potential and want to ensure he has the confidence of the Club’s support.”