Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that young forward Benni Smales-Braithwaite has agreed terms on his first professional contract.
Joining Saints from Manchester City in 2018, the striker turned 17 in April, and has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal, taking him through until June 2022.
The youngster worked his way into Paul Hardyman's Under-18s side as a first-year scholar last term, making 19 appearances and scoring three times.
Upon signing, Smales-Braithwaite described the pride associated with securing his first professional deal, and how he's now looking forward to hitting the ground running as the 2019/20 season approaches.
"I feel extremely proud," the striker said. "It means a lot to me and my family to become a professional footballer, but this is just the start.
"It's just the beginning for me; I can't wait for the new season to start and to get back to playing football every day.
"It takes a while to settle when you move away from home, but the club have been really supportive and I'm delighted to have a future here.
"The staff here are great and I'm ready to work hard to try and make an impression."
Academy Manager Matt Hale said: "Benni is an example of a player who has come through our acquisition model at 16.
"Joining us last year following good work in our recruitment and talent ID areas, Benni was identified as a young player with real talent and lots of potential.
"He has a great eye for goal and has superb finishing technique, as well as being clever and imaginative which allows him to play as both a number nine and 10.
"He deserves his professional contract and we look forward to seeing him progress next season."