Southampton Football Club has signed seven youngsters from the Academy on their first professional contracts.
Jamie Bradley-Green, Christoph Klarer, Michael Obafemi, Alex Cull, Ben Rowthorn, Siph Mdlalose and Nathan Tella have all agreed terms with the club.
The players, all of varying ages, will help to make up both the under-18s and under-23s sides over the coming season.
“It’s a proud day for them all,” explained Academy Manager Matt Hale.
“The key objective for a lot of these boys now, despite turning professional, is to be in that first under-18s teams at the beginning of August.
“If they are, or if they are older, then they need to make sure they are in that under-23s team when that season kicks off as well.
“That’s the next objective for these lads, and then they can see if they can get further on and in and around the manager’s plans with the first team squad, given an opportunity.”