Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that Academy graduate James Ward-Prowse has signed a new six-year contract.
The new deal will see the midfielder remain with the club until 2022, as he follows defender Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster in committing his future to St Mary’s.
Ward-Prowse, who joined Southampton aged eight and has progressed through the club’s ranks to become an important member of Ronald Koeman’s first-team, has made 38 appearances in all competitions this season.
He scored his second and third Premier League goals in a 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in January, as the 21 year-old once again highlighted his excellent potential.
The England Under-21s captain made his debut for Saints in a Capital One Cup tie against Crystal Palace in October 2011, before netting his first goal for the club in a win against Coventry City in the FA Cup later that season.
As he continued to progress, international recognition with England Under-20s soon followed, with Ward-Prowse now a key figure for Gareth Southgate’s Under-21s ahead of this summer’s Toulon Tournament.
Executive Director of Football Les Reed commented: "We've been delighted with the way in which James has continued to develop over the course of the last season, becoming a key member of Ronald's first team and playing an important part in another excellent season for the club.
"Now captain of England Under-21s, James continues to go from strength to strength, and we're very pleased that he sees Southampton as the best place to achieve his ambitions.
"James is an excellent example of the club's philosophy to bring players through from the Academy into the first team, he is the perfect role model for our young Academy players and he will certainly be an important part of the club for many years to come."
Speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel about his new deal, Ward-Prowse said: "I'm delighted. When I knew I had the chance to extend my stay here it was a no-brainer for me.
"It's pleasing that the club have shown that they have faith in me to extend my stay and I want to repay the faith to the club for putting their time and effort into making me the player I am today."