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Wednesday 26 June 2013

Southampton Under-21 star Jordan Turnbull signs new deal

18-year-old defender eyes place in first team at St Mary's after successful U21 season

Jordan Turnbull, left, was ever-present in the Elite Stage of the Barclays Under-21s

Southampton’s Barclays Under-21 Premier League star Jordan Turnbull has signed a two-year contract extension at the club.

The defender, who will be 19 in October, played more than 20 matches for the Under-21s last season as Southampton pushed for a place in the play-offs in the inaugural year of the competition.

"The club is trying to bring youth through, and that's good for us"
Jordan Turnbull

Alongside Jack Stephens, Turnbull formed a solid centre-back partnership and in the Elite Group of the Under-21s, played every minute of the 11 matches, including victories over Arsenal and West Ham United. He also played four times for the Under-18s to maintain his development and was called up to the England Under-19s at the end of the campaign.

Having signed the new deal Jordan has set his sights on Southampton’s first team.

"I'm really pleased and it’s a great opportunity now for me to keep driving and push on into the first team," he told the Southampton website. "As you can see with the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw, and Jack Stephens – who signed a new contract recently – the club is trying to bring youth through, and that's really good for us so hopefully now I can follow their steps.”

Manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his delight that Turnbull, like Stephens, has agreed a new deal.

"I watched a number of the Under-21s' games towards the end of the season and, after securing Jack Stephens for an extended period, I was keen to do the same with Jordan,” Pochettino said. "He has a strong presence and worked well not only with Jack, but the rest of the team, too.

"I have spoken regularly with the development coaches at the club who also rate Jordan highly. He has progressed very well in a short space of time, and I am pleased that he now has the opportunity to challenge the senior players."

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Key Points

  • Southampton's Jordan Turnbull signs a contract extension
  • The 18-year-old was a regular for the Under-21s last season
  • The defender is eyeing stepping up to the first team after signing the new deal