Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the club is on the brink of becoming self-sustaining.
Krueger says they'll soon not have to tap owner Katharina Liebherr for a cash injection.
He told the Daily Echo: "That is definitely correct. We are working on a model, and I said from the start we had huge potential for commercial growth, and we have systems in place and have expanded that department.
"When I walked in here at the beginning there were two apprentices more in that department and now they're packed - there's got to be ten in there.
"We've got some opportunities there.
"A lot of it in football is targeted on 2016 and so on. You are always a year ahead, but we have a lot of exciting things happening off the tail end of the exposure we are getting worldwide on our success."