Young defender Šimon Kozák has signed his first professional contract, Southampton Football Club is pleased to confirm.
The Slovakia youth international joined Saints in the summer from Spartak Trnava in his homeland, and now puts pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract at St Mary’s.
Kozák, who turns 17 today, is yet to appear for Craig Fleming’s Under-18s so far this season due to injury, but is nearing a return to fitness.
A physically imposing centre-back, Kozák is determined to make his mark after securing a dream move to the Premier League.
“I am very excited for this moment,” he said. “This was my dream from when I was 13 years old and I am very happy to sign for Southampton Football Club.
“My first impression was great, I felt very good with my school and my coaches. It changed my life.
“But after one month, I was injured for a long time and for me, that was a very hard moment.
“Now I feel good, so I think this moment has made me stronger. I believe I can be better than I was before.
“My dream is to play for the Southampton first team in the Premier League."