Mitchell reflects on Saints switch

By SFC Media time Wed 03 Jul Saints Academy
Photo by James Bridle | Ramello Mitchell

Walk through the main building at Southampton's training ground and you will see, at various points, name after name inscribed on the walls.

The lists are long, and, by anyone's standards, impressive.

On them contain the names of all the players who have graduated from the club's Academy and gone on to feature for the first-team. Constantly visible, they act as a reminder not only of Saints' long-running success at developing talent, but as a source of inspiration for those youngsters currently looking to make the most of their own potential.

For newest arrival Ramello Mitchell, who has moved to Saints from Birmingham City at the age of 16, it is a representation of just one of the reasons why he feels the club is the right destination for him.

"The club has brought through players like Gareth Bale, Walcott, Chamberlain, and I really believe that I could be one of the next players to be brought through," he said.

"Straight away when I looked at the club I felt that everybody was friendly. It just seemed like the right place for me to progress and go on my journey.

"It's a lovely club. I want to try my best here, do what I can do and hopefully it will go well."

Mitchell, a prolific scorer with Birmingham who was wanted by a host of Premier League clubs and who has joined Southampton on an Academy scholarship, added: "Ever since I was younger I've always wanted to play football.

"That's it really. I haven't had any other main focus. That's my dream.

southampton just seemed like the right place for me to progress and go on my journey.

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"My aim is to score loads of goals as a striker, that's what I have to do, and hopefully by 18,19 I'll be in the first-team scoring loads of goals for them as well."

Whatever the age, if he is able to achieve that dream then Mitchell's own name will be etched on the Staplewood Campus walls as a source of inspiration for others in the future.

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