Jack Stephens has admitted he had no hesitation in signing his new contract extension with Southampton.
The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a new five-year deal, which will see him remain at Staplewood until 2022.
“Obviously I am absolutely delighted to extend my stay,” started the centre back.
“It feels like home to me. I have really enjoyed my time here and am now looking forward to the next five years.
“It’s a massive platform for me now because it just shows how much faith the club have put in me.
“The club has helped and supported me for six years and I know that will continue over the next five years, and that was a massive reason for me signing the extension.”
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Stephens made his breakthrough into the first team last year, after Virgil van Dijk was ruled out with injury in January.
The Academy graduate went on to form a fine partnership with Maya Yoshida and completed the campaign with 23 appearances under his belt.
“It was a brilliant season for me personally,” continued Stephens.
“I felt really confident towards the end having come in and taken my chance. I am looking forward to pushing on and building on that now.
“I think it’s important that I keep wanting to improve. The club keeps developing and improving, so I need to keep working hard to keep my place in the team.”