Southampton full-back Jake Vokins has signed a new contract to keep him at St Mary’s until 2024.
The 20 year-old academy graduate enjoyed a memorable breakthrough season last campaign, making his first-team debut against Manchester City in the EFL Cup in October and followed that up with his first goal in January against Huddersfield Town.
Vokins then went on to make his Premier League debut in July in a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Vokins’ latest contract would take his time as a Saints player past the 15 year mark.
“Good news for the future of the team”
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has been impressed by the young left-backs performances in his breakthrough season.
As well as being defensively solid, Vokins has proved himself to be a threat going forward, his first and so far only goal for the club was a sensational strike.
Hasenhuttl believes that he has what it takes to become a regular starter in the team:
“This is more good news for the future of this team, as these young players are important for our philosophy.
“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 “Super proud”
Despite being at the club since the age of six, and representing England at both under 17 and under 19 age groups, Vokins had to wait a while before he was given his opportunity in the Saints first team.
But having made the breakthrough, he will now be looking to target a more regular place in the team, and this new contract will be a welcome boost to him.
He says that he is very proud of himself for nailing down a new deal:
”It means everything, I’m super proud. 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.”