Matt Targett proudly received the clubs Young player of the season award at Southampton’s player awards evening on Wednesday 20th May 2015.
”Its a dream come true to win an award like this at an amazing football club” – Matt Targett
Targett has made an impressive 12 appearances in total for the first team so far, after his debut in the 2-1 win over QPR at St Marys this season.
Andrew Egford from Hampshire Collegiate school and Academy Manager Matt Hale, presented Targett with the award and explained their reasons for choosing Targett, comparing his attributes of previous players such as James Ward-Prowse.
“Once again the staff in the academy were consulted on the choice for Young Player of the Year,” he said. “We have a multi-disciplinary approach in order to be a world-class player. We consider their attitude, discipline as well as their technical performance on it. The staff work here is best seen in the players who are past winners because those players are an example of the professionalism needed. The winner of this award stands for everything that we say in the Academy. He was aged eight when he joined us, made his first-team debut last summer, represented England at Under-19, 20 and 21 and signed a contract extension at the turn of the year. He’s everything we stand for in the Academy.”