Southampton Football Cub can today confirm the latest intake of youngsters, with 11 players signing two-year scholarships with the club.
The group of 16 year-olds were welcomed to the club by Academy Manager Matt Hale, with their parents alongside them as they committed themselves to the club for the next two years.
Coming from a variety of different backgrounds, with some having spent a number of years with the club and others having arrived ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, the 11 youngsters will be looking to make their mark in the Under-18s this season.
Speaking about the positive news, Hale said: "They have all thoroughly deserved their achievements so far in getting a scholarship. A lot of players and boys around the country don't achieve that. The next step now is to try and get a professional contract.
"They know what is expected of them. It's a big change for them to come out of a schoolboy programme and into a more intense full-time job. It's their first job in football really."
With pre-season well under way, the youngsters have now settled in with their host families in the Southampton area ahead of their first season as a scholar with the club.
The new scholars are: Thomas O’Connor, Neal Osborn, Dan N’Lundulu, Tyreke Johnson, Callum Slattery, Connor Langan, Yann Valery, Ben Cull, Siph Mdlalose, Rugare Musendo and Ben Rowthorn.
Meet the latest batch of Southampton Football Club scholars: