Gallagher joins Saints

Wed, 04 Apr 14:51:16 2012

Highly-rated Plymouth striker Sam Gallagher has joined Southampton.

The youngster has signed a youth contract deal at St Mary's after turning down offers from Premier League clubs and an apprenticeship at Home Park.

Saints youth coach Jason Dodd feels that their reputation for bringing through talent has helped to snare Gallagher and he is pleased with his new recruit.

"We're very happy to have him here. He's something a bit different to what we've got. The pleasing thing is that he's already familiar with us and likes the way we operate.

"His parents came down and watched him play his first game for us at the weekend, and I think the reputation we have of pushing players into the first team when they are ready, and on to international recognition, was a big attraction.

"He had a few Premier League clubs after him but he's made the right choice in my opinion."


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