Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that Under-21s midfielder Jake Flannigan has signed a one-year contract extension.
The 20-year-old missed the entirety of last season with a knee injury, but has now signed a deal through until next summer.
"I'm very happy,” Flannigan told Southampton’s official YouTube channel after putting pen to paper. “It buys me time. I've had this injury for a long time now, and I'm just thankful to Les [Reed] and the club, and Martin [Hunter] – all the physios, family, friends, my girlfriend, everyone.
“They've all been supportive to me and shown a lot of trust in me to come back, and to put their faith into me I can only be thankful and work hard on getting back.
"The only thing I can do is pay them back and work my hardest day in and day out to try to return and be back to how I was before and even better.”
Flannigan, who is targeting a return to action in October, also gave an insight into how his recovery process is going.
"I'm doing a little bit of running outside,” he said. “I'm in the gym, doing a lot of gym work, doing the leg weights to try to build my legs up again. I'll be doing that for the next month and then hopefully when that's done I'll be back outside and trying to get match fit.”
Having twice made it onto the first-team bench in February 2015, shortly before being injured, Flannigan, who was scouted by Saints at the age of 12, is hopeful he can eventually work his way back into contention with the senior side.
"Obviously, we've just had the new manager in, so I want to get back quickly, get back running,” he said. “I want to impress him as quickly as possible and try to get in and around the first team.
"I think since I've been injured I've learnt a lot about my body. I physically feel really strong and I feel like I can just work properly with my body. I've learnt a lot about myself going through this injury.”