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Southampton youngster pens new deal

Southampton have handed defender Jason McCarthy a new two-and-a-half-year deal.

Southampton is a great club for young players to develop. Credit: PA

The 19-year-old made his professional debut in Saints' 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and has been involved in the first-team squad on a number of occasions.

McCarthy, captain of the club's Under-21s side, has been rewarded for that progress with a new deal which will keep him at St Mary's until 2017.

It's great to put pen to paper. Obviously at the start of the year I knew I was out of contract at the end of the season.

I was pleased with my progress at the time and I think I've done well this season so far. I've been with the club since I was seven years old, so it really shows that I'm at the right place.

– Southampton defender Jason McCarthy
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