DEFENDER Jake Vokins has put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal at Saints.

The 20-year old has risen through the academy, making his first-team debut against Manchester City in the EFL Cup in October 2019.

He went on to play twice more for Saints this season, scoring his first senior goal in a 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Huddersfield Town in January and making his Premier League bow in the draw with Brighton last month.

The left-back, who has represented England at under-17 and under-19 level, told the club website: "It means everything, I’m super proud.

"I’ve been here for many years now, so to sign this contract makes me very happy.

"I got scouted when I was six and I’ve been training with the club ever since, so it’s coming up to 14 years now that I’ve been involved with Southampton. I’m just happy to extend that even longer."

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who handed Vokins his debut, added: "This is more good news for the future of this team, as these young players are important for our philosophy.

"Jake has developed well this season and made some big steps forward. He has good qualities, which he has shown in matches and also in his training with us. He is calm on the ball but also brave, and I like this attribute in my players.

"He must keep working hard on his game, and we will be sure to do this with him.

"There are many areas that he can improve in further, so this is a good opportunity for him to make the most of his potential."