Republic of Ireland Under-17 captain Seamus Keogh has signed his first professional contract with Southampton.

The former Sligo Rovers player moved to the Saints from The Showgrounds 12 months ago. 

Keogh has signed a two-year contract.

He has been featuring for the Under-18 Southampton side. 

Keogh was captain of the Ireland team in the Under-17 European Championships held in Ireland earlier in the summer.

The 17-year-old said: "It's a feeling that I've dreamed of. For any young footballer, the main aim is to get a shot at playing first-team football. 

"There's plenty of young Irish players already at the club and they made it so easy for me to settle here. I want to continue enjoying my football and see where it takes me."