Jack Stephens Feed
Stephens hails "outstanding" support
Defender says togetherness is key as Saints usher in new era.
Video: Stephens takes positives from Spurs defeat
Defender reacts to defeat at Wembley.
Stephens: Spirit can't be questioned
Defender sees positive signs despite Wembley defeat.
Tactical Watch: Jack Stephens
Sam Tighe takes a closer look at the defender's recent impact.
Stephens reveals home comforts
Defender on his unique journey to becoming a Saint.
Hoedt on solid defensive partnership
Dutchman grateful for recent rearguard solidity
Stephens remembers unusual matchday routine
Take a sneak peek inside SAINTS' latest feature interview.
SAINTS: Stephens stars in Newcastle programme
Find out what's inside Saturday's matchday magazine.
Stephens: Newcastle game is massive
Saints defender determined to give fans something to cheer about at St Mary's.
Clean sheet pleases returning Stephens
Young centre-half happy with Bournemouth shutout.
Video: Stephens on Cherries draw
Saints defender reflects on a clean sheet at Bournemouth.
McCarthy named Player of the Season
Saints keeper wins fans' and players' prizes.
Stephens seeks strong send-off
Saints defender looks ahead to the season finale against City
Video: Stephens on season finale
Watch the defender's preview ahead of St Mary's meeting with City
Video: Stephens on emotional night in Swansea
Watch the returning defender's post-match verdict from Liberty Stadium
Stephens: “It was a grind"
Jack on a “grinding” performance in south Wales
Stephens: I owed the team
Jack Stephens on continuing his incredible scoring run in the win at West Brom.
Stephens targets further improvement
Saints defender eyes up crunch clashes with Brighton and West Brom
Video: Stephens on Watford win
Watch the Saints defender gives his post-match reaction from St Mary's
“Perfect day” for Saints’ Stephens
FA Cup win over Watford delights birthday boy Stephens
Stephens: We can't hide
Defender admits Saints' fortunes must change quickly.
Stephens: Two points dropped
Defender laments an opportunity missed at St Mary's.
Video: Stephens on Town stalemate
Watch Jack Stephens react to the draw with Huddersfield.
Jack Stephens Saints HistoryLast updated 17 Jul 2019
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Jack Stephens BiographyLast updated 04 Jul 2019
Former clubs: Plymouth Argyle
Defender Stephens joined Southampton as a 17-year-old having broken into the first team at Plymouth Argyle.
The Cornwall youngster made his professional debut for Argyle at the age of 16, coming on as a substitute in a League 1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on 18th September 2010.
His first start would come in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Cheltenham Town the following month, and he kept his place for the Pilgrims’ next game. In total, he made six appearances for Plymouth before moving to St Mary’s in April 2011 having turned 17 just over two months earlier.
Stephens was a regular for Saints’ Under-18s in 2011/12 as they finished second in the Premier Academy League Group A having been narrowly pipped to first by eventual champions Fulham.
The youngster was also included in the First Team squad for an FA Cup third-round game at Coventry in January 2012, making his debut as an 89th-minute substitute in a 2-1 win at the Ricoh Arena. He turned 18 on 27th January, and was then named as an unused replacement during a fourth-round tie against Millwall the following day. He also made the bench for the subsequent replay against the Lions.
International recognition would follow in March, when Jack was called into the England Under-18 squad for the first time. He played the first half as the Young Lions ran out three-nil winners at Gresty Road in Crewe.
Following Southampton’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League, Stephens was one of four youngsters to be promoted into the First Team ahead of the 2012-13 season. Jack – along with James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers – joined up with the senior squad for their pre-season preparations, which began with the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup. Stephens was named in a 24-man Saints squad for the three-team tournament, playing in our penalty victory over eventual cup-winners Arsenal.
Continuing his development
Jack started the competitive season with the Under-21s, playing for the Development Squad in the newly-created Barclays U21 Premier League. He was also named on the bench for the First Team’s Capital One Cup second-round game against Stevenage in August 2012.
Further international honours came the following month, when Stephens was called into England’s Under-19 side for the first time. Jack earned his first U19 cap playing alongside Saints teammate Chambers in European Championship qualifiers against Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Ukraine in Lithuania. The duo were then joined in the squad by James Ward-Prowse for a friendly win over Finland in Telford last November.
Back on the domestic front, Stephens was a virtual ever-present as our Under-21s progressed through to the Elite Group stage of the U21 Premier League. He was handed the captaincy midway through the season, and has led the team admirably as they push for a top-three finish and qualification for the knockout phase to determine the competition’s overall champion.
He spent the whole 2014/15 season on loan with League 1 side Swindon – joined by Saints Academy graduate Jordan Turnbull – following his short loan deal with the Robins at the end of the 2013/14 campaign. The defender was a key player for Mark Cooper’s side, making 37 appearances and helping them reach the play-off final at Wembley, where they lost 4-0 to Preston North End.
Stephens, along with Saints teammate, went on to represent England Under-20s at the 2015 Toulon Tournament, where the Young Lions finished in fourth place.
The defender spent time on loan at Middlesbrough and Coventry City during the 2015/16 campaign as he continued his development away from St Mary's, before winning the Toulon Tournament alongside Matt Targett and James Ward-Prowse.
Establishing himself at Saints
The 2016/17 season would see Stephens's big breakthrough, with his Premier League debut arriving in January 2017, in a 3-0 loss away to Everton.
With the departure of José Fonte and injury to Virgil van Dijk, Stephens was relied upon heavily, and he played a huge role in keeping a clean sheet away to Liverpool in the 1-0 victory in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, before also playing the full game of the final against Manchester United.
Stephens would end the campaign with 23 first-team appearances, before signing a five-year contract in the summer and making 27 appearances the following season. That campaign also saw him net his first Saints goal, in a 1-0 FA Cup home win over Watford in January 2018 – sparking a run of three consecutive matches in which he scored.
He would again be heavily relied upon in the 2018/19 campaign, featuring 29 times for the first-team across all competitions.