Olufunwa completes two-year deal

By SFC Media time Tue 07 Jul Saints Academy
Photo by Matt Watson | Dare Olufunwa

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that promising young defender Oludare Olufunwa has signed a new two-year contract, keeping him at St Mary's until June 2022.

The 18-year-old has risen through the ranks of Southampton's Academy, earning a promotion to the Under-23s squad in 2019 after a string of impressive performances.

Featuring ten times last term, before the season was unfortunately cut short, Olunfunwa grew to become an integral part of Dave Horseman’s side, and has since been involved in first-team training, under the watchful eye of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

On the youngster's progress, Horseman commented: “He had a frustrating start to the season being injured. But he is an athletic defender who has shown an ability to deal with 1v1 situations as well as being comfortable on the ball.

“He has demonstrated good leadership abilities on and off the field and we are delighted he has extended his stay at the club.”

dare has shown real promise during his first year as a young professional.

matt hale
academy director

Academy Director Matt Hale added: “Dare has shown real promise in his first year as a young professional.

“Giving him a two-year commitment provides him with time to develop further in our environment. He is someone who is really young within his age group and patience could be key to his development.

“He has been with the football club since an early age and we believe he has a great opportunity to showcase his ability in the next couple of years.”

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