Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce midfielder Will Smallbone has signed a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.
The Academy graduate, 20, has agreed a fresh deal that runs until the summer of 2024 and which would take his association with the club up to 16 years.
Smallbone, a Republic of Ireland youth international, has been with Saints since the age of eight, progressing through the youth ranks impressively and then breaking into the first-team this season under the guidance of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who himself signed a new four-year contract last week.
will smallboneI'm very happy. i've been at the club a long time now, and to commit my long-term future is very special.
His debut for the senior side came in the FA Cup third-round tie with Huddersfield, in January, with Smallbone not only starting the game but also scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win at St Mary’s.
He has since gone on to become a regular in Hasenhüttl’s matchday squad, starting twice in the Premier League, with his first appearance in the top-flight also ending in a 2-0 home victory, against Aston Villa, in February.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “Will is a young man who is part of the future of this football club. He has made some big steps this season, and he is someone who has a lot of potential to continue to grow as a player. This is the right place for him to continue to do this.
“He has shown in our training sessions and under pressure in matches that he can play, and he is also someone who understands our philosophy as a team and a club.
“He knows where and how he needs to improve his game, and I think that, together, we can develop him a lot in these next few years.”
Will Smallbone said: “I’m very happy. I’ve been at the club for a long time now, so to commit my long-term future, for another four years, is very special for me.
“To see the manager sign a new contract was big for me too. He’s given me a chance this season to, firstly, be in and around training with the squad and then actually give me my chance in the games to play and show what I could do, so that’s a big factor in me committing as well."