James ward-Prowse signs new long-term Southampton deal

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Southampton academy product James ward-Prowse has agreed a new five-year deal with the Saints, tying him down to the south coast club until 2020, reports the club's official site. 

Boyhood Club

The Portsmouth-born youngster, who has made 17 appearances for Ronald Koeman's Southampton side this term told, the clubs official YouTube channel: "The club is in a fantastic position and ever since I joined at a young age I knew it was the right place to be. I fell in love with the place straight away.

"I've been on a fantastic journey, the club has too and it's great to extend my stay. I'm really excited for the next few years.

"You only have to look at the players we've produced over the last few years to see it is the right place. There's not many clubs in the country or the world who give players the chance to play in the biggest league in the world.

"I'm very fortunate that I've been given that chance and now its time to repay the faith that the club have shown in me."

Exciting Prospect

Ward-Prowse made his debut for Southampton in 2011, aged 16, in a League Cup tie against Crystal Palace and has since gone on to make 61 appearances for the Saints.

Becoming an integral part of a Southampton side that currently sits third in the Premier League, despite a mass exodus of players in the summer, which included fellow academy graduates Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw. 

Lallana's exit in particular allowing Ward-Prowse to come to the fore and access game time on a more regular basis this season.

The youngster has also represented England from U17 to U21 level, scoring three goals in 13 appearances for the latter and will be hoping to make a big impression on current national team boss Roy Hodgson at this years European U21 Championship tournament.

With the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all coming through and departing the south coast club in recent years. Fans will undoubtedly be overjoyed by the extended stay of one of their academy starlets.

During a season that has seen the Saints exceed all expectations and could see them finish in an unprecedented Champions League spot.

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