Southampton Football Club is pleased to confirm the signings of exciting young forward pairing Sam Bellis and Marco Rus on Academy scholarships.
Bellis, a versatile striker who can also play in wide positions, has completed a move away from boyhood club Manchester City, while attacking midfielder Rus has arrived from Yeovil Town.
Both will continue their development as part of Saints' Under-18s set-up, led by Paul Hardyman, and have the chance to challenge for a place in the team that competes in the Under-18s Premier League on Saturday mornings.
Both players have been closely monitored by the club's scouting network and individually represent two promising additions to the Academy ranks.
Upon signing, each youngster explained why the prospect of signing for Saints was an exciting one, and what they hope to achieve during their time on the south coast.
"It's a lovely place, it seems like a nice family club and I'm pleased to be here," Bellis commented.
"From the first time I came down to Southampton to have a look I liked it instantly. The tradition of the club is attractive to young players like me.
"They bring through great players. It's a new environment full of new people. Every young player needs a chance and I don't think many other clubs recognise that."
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Rus, originally from Romania, said: "It's overwhelming to be here. As soon as I visited Southampton I was amazed.
"I'm very excited. I was away with Romania on international duty when I first heard of interest from Southampton.
"My family are all very proud and being here is the first step towards achieving my dream of becoming a professional footballer."
Commenting on the latest additions to the club's youth set-up, Academy Director Matt Hale said: "We are delighted to welcome both Sam and Marco to the club from Manchester City and Yeovil respectively.
“Both players have been signed as a result of our diligent talent ID and recruitment process, having monitored both closely for some time.
“Sam is an exciting forward player with good movement and strong potential. We were competing with many top clubs for his signature and we are delighted he chose us.
“Marco, having been at Yeovil for the past four years, has a real hunger and desire to succeed. He is a clever, tricky player who will offer creativity to the Under-18s group.
“We look forward to seeing both players grow and learn under the guidance of our coaching staff during their first year at the club.”