FORMER Saints academy product Pascal Kpohomouh has labelled “what the club is aspiring to,” as his reasoning for joining local side AFC Totton.

The 20-year-old, who completed a two-year scholarship before departing the St Mary’s club this summer, will now be competing in the Southern League Division One South.

Kpohomouh has even represented England’s international team at under16, 17 and 18 levels – alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden.

Kpohomouh had trials with several Championship clubs before short spells in non-league with Weston-super-Mare and Hartley Wintney, but an injury curtailed his football in November.

“Once I saw what this club is aspiring to, I decided to join,” he told the Non-League Paper.

“It’s a bit different to be training against men rather than within an under-18 group but I can’t wait to start playing.”

Totton head coach Dan Sackman added: “This deal happened quickly so to some extent, we have signed him on the strength of his reputation and profile.

“But having seen him in training and recognised how easily he has settled in amongst the other lads, so far so good.”

Kpohomouh had captained Saints’ under-18 team regularly.