Watts signs contract extension


Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that young midfielder Caleb Watts has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2023.

The 19-year-old’s new deal caps off an impressive 12 months, which saw him make his first team and Premier League debut for the club.

Internationally it’s also been a successful year for Watts, who represented his country Australia at the Tokyo Olympics during the summer.

Having been at the club since 2018, the midfielder now finds himself as one of the more experienced members of the B team side.

Looking to build on his senior experience this season, Watts said: “I’m really pleased to get the deal signed and can’t wait for the next stage of my career now.

“The club has a great track record of developing players and obviously I can benefit from that. So hopefully I can get into the matchday squads again and continue that tradition.

“It was exciting to get into the matchday squads and play within two or three months. It’s a lot of motivation to show the manager you’re good enough, you just have to show it consistently.

“I just want to pick up as much senior experience as possible, try and get into the manager’s plans and see what happens.”

Academy Director Matt Hale said: “Caleb has been a consistent and strong performer for our B Team this season.

“He is someone we think very highly of and through a really robust individual development plan which we have in place for him, we believe can go on to achieve great things with us.

He has had some excellent experiences so far in his young career, not least representing his country in the recent Olympics in Tokyo.”