Having made his breakthrough into the first team this season, Jack Stephens is now looking ahead to a bright future.
The 23-year-old was forced to step in following the injury to Virgil van Djk, and went on to make 23 appearances throughout the campaign.
“For me personally it’s been a fantastic season,” started Stephens.
“Obviously to break through into the first team and play as many games as I have since Christmas has been brilliant.
“I’ve loved every minute of it and hopefully this is just the start for me now and I can build on it going into next season.”
This season has seen Stephens build a fine partnership with Maya Yoshida in the heart of defence, and the pair were crucial in helping Saints to the EFL Cup final.
And Stephens believes that, despite the result at Wembley, the experience has helped him grow in confidence.
“I definitely feel a lot more comfortable, both in the team and in the position,” continued Stephens.
“I think if you’ve watched me over the past few months then you will have seen that I have become more confident.
“I was always confident in my ability but I also knew it would be difficult to get into the team, so it has been a really good season to be able to do that.”