Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce Academy graduate Sam McQueen has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract.
The new deal sees McQueen, who made his Premier League debut in a 3-1 win against Burnley in October, extend his stay with the club until 2021.
McQueen joined Saints at the age of eight, and has progressed through the club’s Academy, showing his qualities at left-back and on either wing throughout his time with Saints.
Having made his debut for the first team in February 2014, McQueen then spent time out on loan at Southend United, before working his way into contention under manager Claude Puel.
A fine debut against Burnley saw McQueen adapt seamlessly to life in the Premier League, before the 21 year-old started his first game in Saints’ UEFA Europa League clash with Internazionale at the San Siro.
Since then, McQueen has made ten appearances in all competitions, including the memorable wins over Internazionale at St Mary’s and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Speaking about his new deal, McQueen said: “It feels really good, as you’d expect. I’m delighted to sign a new deal with the club, having been here for so long already.
“It has been years and years of hard work to get to this point. I’m really happy to be out on the pitch playing games for the first team.
“The last couple of months have been amazing for me and this new contract really just rounds that off. Now it’s important that I keep working hard and make as much of an impression as I can.”
Executive Director of Football Les Reed added: “We’ve been delighted with the way in which Sam has developed in recent months, becoming an important part of Claude Puel’s first-team squad.
“Having come through the club’s Academy alongside James Ward-Prowse and Harrison Reed, Sam is yet another example of our philosophy to bring players through from the Academy and into the first team.
“After gaining Football League experience last season, Sam quickly made an impression on the new coaching staff over the summer, and has performed excellently since his Premier League debut in October.
“We’re delighted that Sam sees Southampton as the best place to continue his development and achieve his ambitions. We’re confident he will play an important part in the club’s future.”