Southampton have further invested in their talent of the future by handing new deals to young defenders Jordan Turnbull, Jason McCarthy and Bevis Mugabi.
Although the trio are relatively unknown at present it shows the club hold them in high regards with deals tying them to the club until 2017 and 2018.
With Southampton having produced defenders Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and to some extent Gareth Bale from their previous crop of youngsters, it appears they now have the next generation ready to come through.
Jason McCarthy made his first team debut for Southampton this season, coming on as a late substitute against Crystal Palace on Boxing day 2014.
Whilst representing the under-21 side on a regular basis last term, the 19-year-old was rewarded with the captaincy ahead of this season.
The decision to reward the youngster with a new contract after being handed the captaincy of the under-21 side is a strong signal from the club that the local academy product can continue his progress towards a more regular place the first team.
Loan move success
Turnbull has signed until 2018 and has been rewarded by the club for his impressive form whilst on-loan at Swindon Town this season.
The 20-year-old has been involved in the club's main pre-season schedule for the last two years but it is this season that he has made the biggest improvement.
His spell at Swindon has seen him play a pivotal role at the heart of the Robins defence as they challenge at the top of League 1 where he plays alongside fellow Saints loanee Jack Stephens
Mugabi has overcome multiple setbacks in his short career so far after being let go by Fulham as a youngster and then being hit with a lengthy injury lay-off only seeing him return late in 2014.
The centre back can look at the progress made by Turnbull and Stephens at Swindon coupled with the faith the club has shown in him with the new deal, knowing that if he works hard enough a chance will surely come his way.
First team progression
The next step for all three is to cement a place in the Southampton first team squad for the 2015/16 season.
With McCarthy making his first steps in the right direction and Turnbull impressing at Swindon they will surely get the chance to earn that place this summer and during pre-season.
Although it will not be easy for the trio to make it in the Premier League, the club's latest show of belief will do wonders for their confidence and they will all know that they couldn't be at a better club who are willing to give them the chance to make it.
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