Southampton promotion delights Alex Chamberlain

Alex Chamberlain
Chamberlain has scored 11 goals in 40 games this season

Southampton winger Alex Chamberlain has said he is delighted to have won promotion to the Championship in his first season in the Football League.

Chamberlain, who signed a professional deal with the club last August, scored the winner in Saturday's victory over Walsall to help Saints finish second.

The 17-year-old told BBC Radio Solent: "It's unbelievable for this to happen so early on in my career.

"I'm delighted. I never thought I'd experience anything like it."

The England Under-21 international continued: "It's been a great season. The boys have been quality and I've enjoyed every minute of it."

Last month, Saints boss Nigel Adkins was doubtful whether Chamberlain would play again this season following his ankle injury in March.

But the winger, who was brought on as a second-half substitute on Saturday, says it was vital he got some time on the pitch before the European U21 Championships next month.

"We've got a really good medical team at Southampton and I've been working hard every day to get back," he said.

"It was important for me to come back because I've got the Euros with England this summer.

"It was also good to get some match time under my belt so I can push on for next season."

Meanwhile, Saints boss Nigel Adkins admits he will need to add to his squad in the summer if they are to thrive in the Championship next season.

"We'll be working very hard to bring in some quality to enhance the group that we've got, to give ourselves an opportunity to be as competitive at the top end of the division as we can be," he said.

"We need to make sure we're as strong as possible and add some quality players to an excellent group."