Young Southampton left-back Jake Vokins has signed a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.
The 20-year-old academy graduate made his first-team debut and his first start for the Saints last season and the prospect is expected to pick up even more minutes in the 2020/21 campaign.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl spoke of his delight at Vokins extending his stay at Saints in an official press release.
“This is more good news for the future of this team, as these young players are important for our philosophy,” Hasenhuttl said. Jake has developed well this season and made some big steps forward.
“He has good qualities, which he has shown in matches and also in his training with us. He is calm on the ball but also brave, and I like this attribute in my players.
“He must keep working hard on his game, and we will be sure to do this with him. There are many areas that he can improve in further, so this is a good opportunity for him to make the most of his potential.”
Vokins, similarly, appears excited about his future at Southampton.
“It means everything, I’m super proud,” Vokins is stated as saying. “I’ve been here for many years now, so to sign this contract makes me very happy.
“I got scouted when I was six and I’ve been training with the club ever since, so it’s coming up to 14 years now that I’ve been involved with Southampton. I’m just happy to extend that even longer.”