Vokins pens new deal

By SFC Media time Wed 19 Sep Saints Academy
Photo by James Bridle | Jake Vokins

Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that 18-year-old defender Jake Vokins has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary's until June 2021.

The England youth international joined the club's academy ranks at the age of eight, and has since progressed to become an integral part of Radhi Jaïdi's Under-23s setup.

The new deal marks a milestone decade at the club for the young full-back, who has also recently stepped up to the England Under-19 fold.

A promising talent, Vokins was part of a 30-man first-team squad that travelled to China during the pre-season period, and the youngster is keen to continue broadening his experience by learning off the senior pros already at the club.

"I'm delighted with the new contract," he explained. "I've been at the club for ten years now, so to extend my stay, I'm very happy.

"Obviously I've been here a long time, and the players and staff around me have supported me, and helped a lot with my development over the years. I can't wait to carry that on and keep pushing forward.

"It was a massive experience to be away with the first-team during pre-season and I know how valuable it is to learn off the manager and the senior players here.”

Academy Manager Matt Hale said: “Jake's progress since the age of 15 - when he made his Under-23 debut - has been very impressive.

"He played a lot of the second part of his Under-16 season with our Under-23s and that underlines the confidence the staff have in his ability.

"Jake has continued that hard work over the last couple of years, and fully deserves the new contract for his performances and success so far.”

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