James Ward-Prowse delighted with new Southampton deal

James Ward-Prowse has signed a new contract with Southampton.

His performances have led to claims that he could be the latest Southampton Academy product to be tempted away from Saint Mary's Stadium, but he put a stop to that speculation today when Saints announced the midfielder had signed a new deal.

A statement on Southampton's website read: "Saints are delighted to announce that James Ward-Prowse has signed a new five-year contract."

Ward-Prowse, who played a key part in Southampton's win over QPR on Saturday, told the club's website: "I'm absolutely delighted.

"It was nice that we got the win on Saturday, and it's nice to put pen to paper. I can kick on from here.

"It's been an absolute whirlwind to go from playing under-18 football against lower league teams to playing against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

"That's been my dream since I was a young kid, so to get to that stage is fantastic.

"My short-term aim now is to get back into the team. There's a lot of competition for places now Corky (Jack Cork) is back because he's done well in the last two games."

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