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Harrison Reed signs long-term deal with Southampton

Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

Reed, 21, who has featured in the EFL Cup for Claude Puel's side this season, is the latest youngster to have progressed through Saints' academy and be rewarded with a long-term deal.

"I know this is the right place for me, you see it time after time that young players get the opportunities here," Reed said.

"They progress on the pitch and get better as players, and that's what I want to do."

Reed, who made his first-team breakthrough during the 2013/14 season, has made a total of 25 appearances, including four in all competitions this season.

Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all came through Southampton's youth ranks, while in more recent years Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers also progressed through the club's academy.

The club later announced that Reed's fellow academy graduate Jake Hesketh had signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.

Midfielder Hesketh, 20 , currently working his way back from an injury sustained in October, scored in Saints' 2-0 EFL Cup win against Crystal Palace at the start of the season.

"It's a really good feeling," said Hesketh. "With a new manager coming in going into the last year of my contract I knew I had to hit the ground running to do my best to impress him.

"I got a couple of opportunities and this is a nice reward for it, so it's something I'm really happy about.

"I don't think there was any doubt in my mind that this is the place to be for young players."

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