Eight youngsters sign new professional deals

By SFC Media Fri 29 Jun Saints Academy

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that a number of its young players have signed new professional contracts.

A total of eight youngsters from the Academy’s Under-18 and Under-23 set-ups have put pen to paper ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

There are two-year deals for goalkeeper Jack Rose, defender Aaron O’Driscoll, and midfielders Harlem Hale, Harry Hamblin and Tyreke Johnson.

Forward Jonathan Afolabi and goalkeeper Kingsley Latham have signed one-year contracts, while striker Dan N’Lundulu has penned a six-month deal.

Academy Manager Matt Hale said: “This is a proud day for all of the boys, and we are delighted for each and every one of them.

“The objective for them now is to push on and ensure they use this as a platform to establish themselves even more and continue to push through the ranks.”

On the deal for N’Lundulu, who has been making his way back from long-term injury troubles, Hale added: “Dan has been unfortunate with his injuries in the last 12 months.

“However, we feel he has great potential and we have plenty of belief in him, and this six-month contract provides him with the opportunity to earn a new longer deal during this time.”

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