Stephens signs contract extension

Jack Stephens has signed deal that will keep him at Southampton until 2022.

The 23-year-old defender has been at the club since the age of 17, but became a first team regular under Claude Puel, after the longterm injury to Virgil van Dijk and the sale of Jose Fonte.

Saints vice chairman of football, 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.

“We are extremely pleased to have strengthened our commitment with him, and we believe Jack can continue to improve here and play an important role in our first-team plans moving forward.”

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