Jack Stephens looks set to hand Southampton a boost over his future, with talkSPORT reporting that he has agreed a new long-term contract at St Mary’s.
The 26-year-old has been a key player under Ralph Hasenhuttl. He featured in 28 Premier League games last season, and has started both of the Saints’ fixtures at the start of this campaign.
And it appears that he is going to remain a mainstay of the side for a long time to come.
TalkSPORT has reported that he is about to pen a new four-year deal with Southampton. The report notes that the club are also in talks with Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand about extending their stays.
Stephens – who earns £48,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has come in for criticism at times during his Southampton career. However, he has been fairly consistent in recent months for Hasenhuttl’s side.
He has formed a promising partnership with Jan Bednarek. And Hasenhuttl will be hoping that the announcement will have a positive impact on the side’s form.
The Saints have begun the new campaign with two defeats. In fairness, they were unlucky to come up against an inspired Vicente Guaita at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the Premier League season.
But their form at the end of last season will provide the side with a lot of confidence. And that belief should only increase as they continue to agree new contracts with some of their first-team regulars.