Promising young midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce.
Celebrating his 17th birthday earlier this month, the highly-rated teenager has now signed a deal that runs until June 2022.
Having progressed through the academy ranks following his 2017 switch from Thatcham Town, Chauke has impressed both at Under-18 and Under-23 levels this term, including an appearance against Coventry City in the EFL Trophy.
Speaking about his time on the south coast, and aims for the future, he said: "I'm really proud because I've been working for this moment. Pleased to see the work paying off.
"It's special because growing up I've had a lot of help from my family. Being able to share this with them is a proud moment. In the back of my mind I knew that if I put the right work in that this moment was achievable.
"My main attribute is hard work, because without that then this process wouldn't be possible.
"Being at this club, everything is put towards development on the pitch. Even in education, everything has come together on the pitch to help me perform."
kegs chaukein the back of my mind i knew that if i put the right work in that this moment was achievable.
Academy Director Matt Hale said: “Kegs has shown tremendous progress since joining us part way through his Under-15 season.
"He has learnt so much and showed a real curiosity to develop. He has strong listening skills, an acceptance to take on information and applies his learning really well in games.
"The coaches enjoy working with him and I'm looking forward to watching him develop further over the new few years."