Yan Valery has today committed his future to Southampton FC by signing a new two-and-a-half-year deal, which will take the young full-back through until June 2020.
Still at the tender age of 18, and one of the most consistent performers in Radhi Jaïdi's side, the Frenchman has made an impact in both the Checkatrade Trophy and Premier League 2 this term, scoring his first Under-23s goal in the latter - during a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.
The teenager has explained that his future ambitions include trying to catch the eye of manager Mauricio Pellegrino, and progress into Southampton's first team squad, where he would be competing for a place against regular right-back Cédric.
"I'm pleased to get a contract extension with Southampton Football Club, I enjoy playing my football here," Valery said, smiling.
"It is a good club to be able to improve myself, so I'm really pleased.
"I keep working hard in training, to show what I can do to my coaches and show them they can trust me. I want to show this also to the first-team manager.
"When you see that the coaches are pleased with what you're doing it is encouraging. I'm confident with myself. If I keep working hard I know I'll improve, and then I can enjoy playing football with my teammates.
"At Under-23s level you have to concentrate a lot more, use your brain. Premier League 2 is harder in the physical battles and 50/50s. It's a good challenge.
"Of course, I want to play first team football here at Southampton FC. It's a great club, and when I've trained at that level they've helped me and given me advice. I've taken that on board and tried to produce on the pitch.
"Now I have to keep working hard and show the manager that he can trust me, and when he thinks I am ready, then hopefully I'll play for the first team here."