Young Southampton defender signs his first professional contract

Young Saints defender Jayden Moore has signed his first professional contract until 2026 after turning 17 last month.

The centre-back celebrated his birthday in December and signed a scholarship last summer but has signed a new contract after a positive start to the season.

Moore has been with the club since U9 level and has progressed through the academy to make his debut for the U18 and U21 sides this season.

After impressing in his age group, the energetic defender was selected for the U21 team where he has played six games so far.

The youngster spoke with pride after completing his next milestone with the Saints and committing his professional future to the club.

He said: “This is truly a dream come true for me and my family.”

Daily Echo: Saints defender Jayden Moore and academy director Jayden Moore

“It’s been a long journey with many ups and downs, but I would like to thank everyone who helped me get to where I am today.

“I wasn’t sure if I would get the scholarship, but to be in this position and to be in this position now is a pretty big accomplishment for me.”

“I have now trained with the U21 players and made my first start. Hopefully there will be a few more starts and I can continue from there.”

Academy director Andy Goldie, who joined from Swansea City this summer, further explained the progress Jayden has made in securing a new contract.

He added: “Jayden has settled into the full-time environment incredibly well this season and is thriving at Staplewood, both on and off the pitch.”

“His performance in the FA Youth Cup underlined the impressive potential he regularly demonstrates in the U18 program.

“We are thrilled to reward him with his first professional contract so he can continue to develop it.”

Author: Author: Alfie House
Source: Daily Echo

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