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Southampton recruit Edwards from Peterborough

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Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of talented young defender Ronnie Edwards on a four-year deal.

The highly sought-after 21-year-old arrives from Sky Bet League One outfit Peterborough United, building up an impressive bank of experience despite his tender years, with 143 first-team appearances to his name across the last four seasons.

A graduate of the Barnet youth academy, his move to the Football League came in August 2020 at the age of 17, quickly establishing himself as a Posh regular by the start of the 2021/22 Championship campaign, in which he was voted the club’s Player of the Season.

As well as representing England at youth level, captaining the Under-20s, Edwards won the EFL Young Player of the Month award in January 2024 before helping his side lift the EFL Trophy at Wembley in April.

Speaking on the move, he said: “I’m buzzing to be here. It’s a massive club and I can’t wait to get started.

“Obviously from what happened last year they had an unbelievable season. The manager seems like he’s got a great bunch of lads and they’ve got a real togetherness, and the style of play Southampton plays suits me the best.

“I’m excited to get going. It’s a dream come true for anyone, so I’ve got to be excited and obviously looking forward to it.”

Russell Martin said: “Ronnie is a supremely talented footballer with a lot of games already under his belt and a healthy level of experience, even at 21 years of age.

“He shows amazing courage to play, and possesses all the attributes we would look for in a young defender. He’s so excited for the opportunity to play in the Premier League and we can’t wait to get to work with him.”

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