Thursday 01 August 2013
Calum Chambers has become the latest Southampton academy graduate to sign a long-term contract at the club, penning a four-year deal ahead of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign.
Chambers, who has started all four of Saints' pre-season fixtures at right back, excelled for the club in the Barclays U21 Premier League last season - in midfield and defence, helping the club finish fourth in the Elite Group.
The 18-year-old follows in the footsteps of Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, Lloyd Isgrove, Jordan Turnbull and Jack Stephens in signing contracts over the past 12 months.
"I'd like to push myself into the first team and to prove myself there"
"It's fantastic - it's like my dream, really," the England Under-19 international told the club's website. "I've been at the club since I was so young, so this is a great feeling. I've been here since I was seven and I’ve been treated really well so it means the world.
"The club has a great set-up and it's going through a really good time at the moment. There are going to be big things from Southampton in the future."
Shaw, 17, and Ward-Prowse, 18, made 40 appearances between them for Southampton last season as the newly-promoted club secured 14th position. Chambers said he is determined to be a part of first team manager Mauricio Pochettino's plans.
He added: "I'd like to push myself into the first team and to prove myself there. There is a pathway from the Academy for everyone, and hopefully I’m showing that now so I really want to step on."
Chambers made his senior debut for Saints last August, in a Capital One Cup win over Stevenage, and this summer he joined the first team for their pre-season trips to Spain and Austria.
"Calum has shown in his performances in pre-season that he is more than capable of performing at this level, and we hope that this commitment allows him to push on and thrive within the first team environment," said Pochettino.
Southampton begin the new season with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on 17 August.