Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 19, 2014
Southampton youngster Matt Targett has signed a new five-year deal with the club, which keeps him in place until 2019.
The 19-year-old is a player that Ronald Koeman has handed a chance to in recent weeks and he’s not disappointed, as he’s quickly becoming one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.
“I’m delighted to finally put pen to paper. Coming up through the Academy and signing a new five-year deal to take me up until I’m 24 is only a positive,” he told the club’s YouTube channel.
“Being a Southampton supporter, it means a lot more to be staying at the club because it’s where I want to spend my career.”
Targett appears to be a very mature young man and the big challenge facing him is how he’s going to get into the side on a regular base ahead of Chelsea owned Ryan Bretrand.
Bertrand has been a key feature of the team and was integral to the side as they set the pace in the Premier League at the start of the season.
“I want to get into the first team and to keep progressing by playing week-in week-out. Ryan Bertrand is doing a great job this season and has made that left-back spot his own, so I just need to keep working hard in training to keep pushing him.”
Targett has shown manager Ronald Koeman enough to get a chance at a busy time in the season and it’s a positive move by the Saints to sort his future quickly, as speculation could have grown as his consistency increased.
Here’s what Southampton fans on Twitter have had to say about his new contract.
Good to see Southampton continuing their youth policy by getting Matt Targett on to a new contract.— Michael Sweeting (@M_Sweeting) December 19, 2014
Finally some good news. Targett will become a star #saintsfc— Andy Robinson (@saintandy7) December 19, 2014