‘Delighted’ Stephens handed new five-year Saints deal

Date published: Saturday 1st July 2017 1:16

Jack Stephens: Back at Southampton

Highly-rated Southampton defender Jack Stephens has signed a new five-year deal at St Mary’s.

The 23-year-old impressed after nailing down a first-team place following Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury in January.

England Under-21 international Stephens, who has been with Southampton since he was 17, is highly rated by the club.

Executive director Les Reed said: “Our philosophy at Southampton is to turn potential into excellence, and Jack is somebody who very much embodies this.

“His progression, and the level of his performances, was one of the real highlights of last season, and we have been delighted with his development ever since he joined the club.”

Stephens said: “I am absolutely delighted to extend my stay.

“It feels like home to me. I have really enjoyed my time here and am now looking forward to the next five years.

“It’s a massive platform for me now because it just shows how much faith the club have put in me.”

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