Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that 18-year-old midfielder Will Smallbone has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary's until June 2021.
Smallbone, who joined the club at the age of eight, has penned a deal that is set to extend his stay with Saints beyond the ten-year mark.
The Irish youth international has consolidated his place as a key figure in Radhi Jaïdi’s U23s in a variety of central midfield roles and is delighted to continue his development at a club that has handed out three professional debuts already this season.
“It’s amazing, I’ve been at the club now for quite a while so it feels good to first be offered a contract and then to get it signed,” he said, “it’s a dream come true.”
“It’s a really proud moment for my family; I remember I got the call after the Manchester United game and Craig Fleming told me that they were looking to offer me a new contract. I told my mum straight away and she was just so proud.”
The youngster, who turns 19 in February, has immediately set his sights on maintaining his current form and catching the eye of new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl.
“We’ve been waiting for our chances and to see guys like Michael (Obafemi), Yan (Valery) and Tyreke (Johnson) doing so well it just gives everyone such a lift and shows that it can be done.
“Hopefully with the new manager coming in, if I keep playing well then I can catch the eye and try make my debut with the first team as soon as I can.
“I think it took me a little while to settle into the U23s at first but the coaches believed in me so I’m happy to be putting in some good performances now. I’m really enjoying my football at the moment, it’s probably the best I’ve played.
“I want to add more goals to my game and if I can start doing that then it will be a big part of taking myself to the next level.”