SAINTS youngster Kornelius Hansen has left the club to join Stabaek on a two-year deal.

Hansen, 19, had been at St Mary’s for three years, starting out in the Under-18s before featuring for the Under-23s.

The attacking midfielder was part of the side that played Tottenham’s youngsters in the first-ever match at their new stadium.

Hansen got himself on the scoresheet during the fixture back in March 2019, although Spurs ran out 3-1 winners.

His contract at Saints was due to expire on June 30 but the Norwegian side will still have to pay the south coast outfit a training fee.

Torgeir Bjarmann, Stabaek’s director of football, revealed that he’s been monitoring Hansen’s progress from afar.

"We chose to release Ola [Brynhildsen]last week, and then it was meant that Kornelius would enter this week”, Bjarmann said.

"In football, nothing is certain until it is in place, now it went as planned and it is not often that happens in football.

“He’s a player I’ve seen a lot of times. He’s a player with energy, speed and skills – especially offensively. Here in Stabæk, he will fit in very well.

“I think it’s a very good way for him to come home to Norway, and he’s ready for first team football now.”