Confirmed! Ireland's Shane Long signs new four-year deal at Southampton
Published 21/07/2016 | 21:07
Shane Long has ended speculation over his future by signing a new four-year deal at Southampton.
The Republic of Ireland international ended last season as the Saints first-choice striker and has been linked with a possible summer switch to Spurs and Liverpool.
So happy for my hubby today after signing a 4 year deal with Southampton! Such a great club, really happy here https://t.co/QNGz0C9QL3— Kayleah long (@KayleahLong) July 21, 2016
Southampton were keen to retain his services after selling Sadio Mane to Liverpool and following Graziano Pelle's move to China.
Long said: "I'm delighted. I'm excited to be part of what could be a big future in the next four years for this club.
"I love it here, the set-up, the training ground, the lads as well – everyone around the club. It's a real family feel, and I feel like I'm a big part of that and I feel like I'm playing my best football here as well.
“I've enjoyed every minute down here. I'm happy, my family are happy, and it's a good place to be."
Executive director of football Les Reed said Long's significance to the team was reflected in his new contract.
"Shane has been an important asset to the team ever since his arrival at the club in 2014 and he was an influential part of our record-breaking Premier League campaign last season," he said.
"His experience and character also make him an extremely valuable member of the squad off the pitch, as well as on it, and I am delighted we have strengthened our commitment with him.
"Shane is the latest in a significant number of first-team players to have signed new contracts with the club in recent weeks and months, indicating the players' belief that there is more to come, while further strengthening the core of our squad as we move into what promises to be another memorable campaign.
"Shane is one of many exciting attacking options that we have at our disposal, and he will no doubt play an important part in the season and the years ahead."