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Southampton must offer Jack Stephens a new deal

According to Transfermarkt, Southampton have a number of players in the current squad, including Alex McCarthy, Fraser Forster, Shane Long and Harry Lewis, who are set to see their current contracts at St Mary’s expire in the summer.

In addition to that quartet, Jack Stephens is also due to see his contract running out at the end of June.

Despite a report from Hampshire Live in September claiming that the defender will be given a new contract to keep him on the south coast for the foreseeable future, there has yet to be any official confirmation from the club on the matter.

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If by any chance the club doesn’t have any plans to offer Stephens a new deal before the summer, we think this should be atop their list of priorities.

Overall, he has made a total of 139 appearances for Southampton across all competitions, with six goals and five assists under his belt, playing his way through the club’s youth ranks after signing from League One club Plymouth Argyle for a reported fee of £150k all the way back in 2011.

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This season has seen the defender, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £48k-per-week according to Spotrac, play every minute of Premier League action for the Saints before he unfortunately picked up a knee injury in their 0-0 draw against Manchester City in September, highlighting how much trust Ralph Hasenhuttl has placed in him. He has also been hailed as a “brilliant character” by Saints captain James Ward-Prowse.

Moving forward, we feel that it would be a big positive for Southampton if current majority shareholder Gao Jisheng ties down Stephens to a new deal rather than seeing him potentially leave the club and spend his peak years elsewhere in a similar fashion to what Sadio Mane has done at Liverpool since he left St Mary’s. That would be nothing short of a disaster for the Saints.

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