Sims extends Saints stay until 2018

By SFC Media Fri 04 Dec Club

Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce youngster Josh Sims has signed a contract extension until 2018.

The England youth international has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club having become a regular feature for Martin Hunter’s Under-21s side.

18-year-old Sims joined the club from the Elite Training Centre and has earned recognition on the international stage for England’s Under-17s and Under-18s – winning the 2014 European Under-17 Championship last year.

During the 2014/15 campaign, Sims made 15 appearances for Saints’ Under-18s as a second-year scholar, while also featuring on 25 occasions for Hunter’s development side, scoring five goals in total.

Sims, who has made six appearances so far this season after suffering from injury in recent weeks, says he’s thrilled to have committed his future to Saints.

“I’m delighted to sign the new contract,” Sims told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “I’m happy that the club has also shown faith in me.

“First and foremost this season I really want to nail down a place in the Under-21s, show the first-team staff what I can do and then see where that takes me.

“The aim is to get into the first team, but the Under-21s is the first step. I know the standard I need to get to and hopefully I can impress this season.

“At the start of the season I had to try and get my place in the team and then I got a knock to my knee and was out for a few weeks.

“I only missed one of the games, but I’m back now and looking to impress.”

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