Olaigbe seals pro deal

By SFC Media time Wed 08 Jan Saints Academy
Photo by Isabelle Field | Kazeem Olaigbe

Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that promising young attacker Kazeem Olaigbe has signed his first professional contract.

Arriving in the summer of 2019 from Belgian outfit Anderlecht, the teenager turned 17 last week and now agrees terms on a deal until June 2022.

Adjusting quickly to life at Saints, the lively attacker has become a mainstay in Paul Hardyman’s Under-18s side, whilst also featuring for the Under-23s on a handful of occasions.

Signing as a scholar last July, Olaigbe is pleased to have committed his future to the club.

“I’m very proud,” he said. “I’m very proud to be here and I thank my family, my friends and my coaches. I thank everyone.

“It feels good, amazing and I’m happy to be here. The beginning [of adjusting to life in England] was difficult, but when it came it was better.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Kazeem Olaigbe signing his professional contract at Southampton FC at Staplewood Training Ground on December 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Isabelle FieldSouthampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Kazeem Olaigbe with Academy Director Matt Hale (Photo: Isabelle Field)

Academy Director Matt Hale said: “Kazeem has been monitored for some time through our European recruitment team.

“He has exciting attacking qualities which have been highlighted already at under-23 level this season. His pace and fluid movement is pleasing on the eye and causes real difficulties for his direct opponents.

“I’m sure Kazeem will have a bright future ahead of him at Southampton FC.”

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