Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce Harry Lewis has signed a new three-year-deal at St Mary’s, with the young goalkeeper also joining Dundee United on loan for the coming season.
The 19-year-old put pen to paper on a contract with Saints that runs until 2020, ahead of linking up with the Scottish Championship side for the 2017/18 campaign.
Head of Goalkeeping Dave Watson said: “It was fantastic for Harry last season to get three games in the FA Cup and that experience has put him in the shop window for us to get the opportunity to get him out on loan
“At his age, he needs to go and get game exposure. It’s a tough challenge to go to Dundee United in the Scottish Championship.
“He’ll be playing men’s football week in, week out and he’s got to earn the right to be in the team. They’re going to be chasing promotion back to the Scottish Premier League.
“It’ll be a challenge but if he can overcome that then it’s a whole different set-up when he comes back.”
On signing the new deal, Harry Lewis said: “I’m absolutely delighted to extend my stay. I signed two years ago and everybody has made me feel very welcome ever since I came in and I’m really looking forward to continuing the progression we have made over the last few years under Dave and with the lads there.
“It’s just been really good being in and around these experienced lads and learning from the best goalkeeper and goalkeeping coach in the country.”
On his loan to the Tangerines, he said: “We decided at the end of last season that, for the way forward, it was about going out and getting regular game time in men’s football and when the opportunity came to go to Dundee United you realise what a massive club it is, even if they are in the second division in Scotland – they’ve got a massive fanbase and the aim for them is to win the league this year, so if I can be a part of that and help them do that then that would be great.
"The experience of playing week in and week out in men’s football is exactly what I need going forward."