English Premier League club Southampton has announced that captain James Ward-Prowse has signed a new contract.
The 26-year-old midfielder inked a five-year deal that will keep him at St Mary’s Stadium until June 2026.
“To commit my future again to this football club is something I’m incredibly proud of and a new chapter begins now for me,” Ward-Prowse told the club’s official website.
Despite rumours of him leaving the club in the current transfer window, he has decided to stay and achieve bigger things with the club in this new Premier League season.
“It’s probably the first time in my career that I’ve had that link away and that talk, but I think I was very keen to sit down and talk to the club and it’s worked both ways. They’ve sat down and told me their admiration for me and the way they want me to lead the team – and this club has done so much for me, I can’t put into the words the opportunities and chances that they’ve given me and I’m incredibly grateful for the club for doing that.
“I’m not finished yet here, I still have a lot left to give to this football club and I want to be there leading this team and ensuring I can give everything back and repay that faith the club has shown in me since I was eight years old.”
James Ward-Prowse came through the youth system at St Mary’s and made his first-team debut at the age of 16.
He has made 323 appearances for Southampton and scored 33 goals, 14 of which came across the past two campaigns.
Southampton will host Manchester United in the Premier League clash on Sunday, 22nd August.