Fifteen youngsters sign scholarships with Saints

By SFC Media Thu 12 Jul Saints Academy
Photo by James Bridle

Southampton Football Cub has handed two-year scholarships to fifteen players as part of its latest intake to the Under-18s squad.

A proportion of the players have come through the youth ranks at the club, but, significantly, have been joined by many young talents from other clubs who have opted to further their fledgling careers with Saints.

The group were welcomed earlier this month by Academy Manager Matt Hale, who commented on the excitement surrounding the club's newest intake: "It's an exciting time, the first-year scholars have started full-time at the club last week.

"We've bought some boys through the levels from the age of 8, who've been rewarded for their hard work with a scholarship, but we've also recruited a few players from outside of the club who we've monitored for some time.

"We are certainly excited by what we've seen in these young players, it's a good group with plenty of competition for places.

"It's been good to see them all back, in the professional phase now. They've been running hard and they've seen a football as well, so everyone's pleased!"

The first-year scholars:

Jack Bycroft
James Morris
Michael Saunders
Ryan Cluett
Ethan Burnett
Callum Watts
Lucas Defise
Roland Idowu (joins from St Joseph's Boys AFC)
David Osaretin Agbontohoma (joins from Arsenal)
Allan Tchaptchet (joins from French club, Sannois Saint-Gratien)
Pascal Kpohomouh (joins from Man City)
Benni Smales-Braithwaite (joins from Man City)
Seamas Keogh (joins from Irish club, Sligo Rovers)
Rio Glean (joins from Tottenham Hotspur)
Caleb Watts (joins from QPR)

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