Southampton youngster James Ward-Prowse has signed a new five-year contract with the club.
After being promoted into the first-team at the beginning of the Premier League season and starting the first game against Manchester City, the 18-year-old has been on manager Nigel Adkins’ teamsheet for each fixture since.
And after a morale-boosting 3-1 win over fellow strugglers QPR, Ward-Prowse told the club’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted.
“It was nice that we got the win on Saturday and it’s nice to put pen to paper. I can kick on from here.
“It’s been an absolute whirlwind to go from playing under-18 football against lower-league teams to playing against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United. That was my dream since I was a young kid, so to get to that stage is fantastic.”
Adkins praised his 18-year-old prodigy.
“As one of the youngsters coming through the system, James has done ever so well since he stepped up to the first team during pre-season,” he said.
“He started the first game of the season and played there on merit; he works hard in training.
“He’s a great lad in respect of being a role model for the younger players and he works very hard at his game every single day.
“We’re delighted that we’ve got a hungry and ambitious young man who has now committed his longer-term future to the football club.”