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Saints attacking midfielder arrives at the Bank

2 September 2019

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The Imps are delighted to announce that Jake Hesketh has joined on a season-long deal from Premier League side Southampton.

Hesketh becomes the second Premier League player to sign for the Imps in a matter of days following the arrival of Callum Connolly from Everton last week.

The 23-year-old made his Premier League debut against Manchester United for the Saints in December, 2014 and made his full debut soon after at Burnley.

Hesketh made more than 20 appearances for the Saints U21s in the same campaign as they lifted the Under-21 Premier League Cup, scoring twice.

The attack minded player scored his first senior Southampton goal in the EFL Cup during a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in 2016, and made his Europa League debut two weeks later.

The 2018/19 season saw Hesketh make his first loan move away from the St. Mary's Stadium, joining Burton Albion for the first half of the campaign, before joining MK Dons for the second half of the season.

Hesketh scored five times in 39 appearances, and played a key role in helping MK Dons secure promotion back to Sky Bet League One.

"When I spoke to Danny and Nicky I was very impressed with how they spoke. They knew all about me and spoke of the recruitment process here and how they want to play football, and I felt it was something that I really want to be a part of," Hesketh said.

"I’m really excited to be here. When the opportunity came up it’s something I wanted to take. Having played against Lincoln last season when I was at MK, I could see what the club was about and then."


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