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Ireland striker Obafemi rewarded with new three-and-a-half-year contract at Southampton

The Dubliner has impressed under Ralph Hasenhüttl at St Mary’s this season.

The 18-year-old celebrates scoring his first Premier League goal against Huddersfield in December.
The 18-year-old celebrates scoring his first Premier League goal against Huddersfield in December.

AFTER A BREAKTHROUGH season at St Mary’s Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has been rewarded with a new three-and-a-half-year contract.

The Dubliner was recruited from Leyton Orient in 2016 and rapidly developed through the Saints’ academy, breaking through into Southampton’s senior side midway through last season.

The 18-year-old made his debut against Tottenham in January 2018, becoming the second-youngest player to feature for the club in the Premier League, and has made greater strides under Ralph Hasenhüttl this campaign.

Obafemi netted his first senior goal in December’s 3-1 win at Huddersfield, registering himself as the youngest ever senior Irish international to score in the Premier League.

Michael Obafemi makes his debut The Dubliner made his senior Ireland debut against Denmark in November. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The striker made his senior Ireland debut towards the tail-end of last year, brought on as a second-half substitute in Aarhus by Martin O’Neill during a Uefa Nations League game against Denmark.

“It’s a good day. I’m happy that it’s done and now I’m looking to move forward,” he said on Wednesday.

“I’ll always be thankful to the club for sticking by me, and I just want to show everyone what I’ve got. I’m determined to show the fans and everyone at the club why I’ve been given a three-and-a-half-year deal.”

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