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Four Join First Team, But Eleven Released

Posted on: Mon 28 May 2012

Southampton Football Club are pleased to announce that four members of the Saints Academy will be promoted to the First Team at the start of the 2012/2013 campaign.

James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw and Jack Stephens have been selected to join up with the First-Team squad when they return to training at the start of pre-season.

The quartet are among a number of scholars to have already agreed professional contracts with the Club, and have made excellent progress in our Under 18 and Under 21 sides this year.

James Ward-Prowse Calum Chambers
Luke Shaw Jack Stephens

Furthermore, we can confirm that a further four players - Matt Young, Joe Curtis, Bevis Mugabi and Chris Johns - have accepted professional contracts having come to the end of their scholarships.

Under 16s captain Jason McCarthy has also accepted a scholarship and professional contract with the Club.

The news forms part of Saints' announcement of their 2011/2012 released/retained list, which sees eleven players depart at the end of their contracts.

David Connolly, Bartosz Bialkowski, Lee Holmes, Ryan Doble, Harlee Dean and Aarran Racine will not be offered new deals and are now free to look for new clubs.

Youngsters Jack Dovey, Steve Mowthorpe, Conor O'Sullivan and Dan Bowman have also been released at the end of their scholarships.

Radhi Jaidi's contract with Saints has come to an end, and the 36-year-old has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

Full details of the former Tunisian international's retirement and future will be communicated at a Press Conference on Monday, which will be available to view in full on saintsfc.co.uk.

Defender Jaidi, who was capped 105 times by his country, joined Saints in September 2009 and went on to make 68 appearances as the Club won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and earned back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League.

radhi jaidi
An announcement on Jaidi's future will be made on Monday

Connolly arrived at the club a month after Jaidi, with the striker playing a part in Saints' revival by scoring 17 goals during his time on the south coast.

This season he netted in vital victories over Leeds, Barnsley, Ipswich, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest but injury ruled him out of the campaign's run-in.

Goalkeeper Bialkowski was the club's current longest-serving player, having joined from Polish side Gornik Zabrze in 2006. He played 42 times during his six years with Southampton.

Holmes moved to St Mary's from Derby County in 2008, making 43 appearances during his time with the club.

The winger had loan spells in League Two with Oxford and then Swindon this season, playing a key role as the Robins sealed promotion back to League One.

Doble played for the club just once, but has spent time on loan with Stockport, Oxford, AFC Bournemouth and Bury over the past 18 months.

Defender Dean never managed to make his Saints bow, but made 28 appearances while on loan in League One with Brentford this season.

Southampton Football Club would like to thank all of the players released for their dedicated service to the Club.

Released at end of contract:

Radhi Jaidi
David Connolly
Bartosz Bialkowski
Lee Holmes
Ryan Doble
Harlee Dean
Aarran Racine

Scholars released:

Jack Dovey
Steve Mowthorpe
Conor O'Sullivan
Dan Bowman

Scholars offered professional contracts:

Matt Young
Joe Curtis
Bevis Mugabi
Chris Johns

Promoted to First Team:

James Ward-Prowse
Calum Chambers
Luke Shaw
Jack Stephens

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