Saints starlet pens four-year deal

Last Updated: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:48

Teenage academy product Sam McQueen is looking to follow in the footsteps of Luke Shaw after signing a four-year deal at Southampton.

The 19-year-old came through the St Mary's youth ranks from the age of eight, alongside England international left-back Shaw, James Ward-Prowse and Calum Chambers, and has been backed to become the latest quality home-grown star.

McQueen made his first-team debut for the Saints in last season's 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Sunderland, when he replaced Adam Lallana as a late second-half substitute.

And, after describing his new long-term deal as "a dream come true", McQueen is looking forward to trying to fight his way into new boss Ronald Koeman's first-team plans on a regular basis.

He told the club's official website: "Four years is more than I could have hoped for, so now it's just a case of it's signed and I'll get my head down to start as soon as possible."

On trying to emulate his fellow academy graduates, he added: "I've known them since I was young and we have come through together so we are good friends.

"We've all played football together and worked together a lot so we've get on well, but more than that I've been around the first team towards the end of last season so I know a few in the squad too.

"I've talked to a few of them, they're all a friendly bunch so I'm hoping to be around them as much as possible in the coming years, which is something to look forward to."

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