Forster: Saints' ambition persuaded me to sign new contract

By SFC Media time Fri 13 May Club

Fraser Forster revealed that Southampton's ambition was a key reason behind him deciding to sign a new five-year contract at the club.

The England goalkeeper today put pen to paper on a deal that runs through until 2021, joining Virgil van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse in agreeing fresh long-term contracts.

Forster explained the club's plans for the future, and the support they gave him during his return from a major knee injury, were important in persuading him to commit.

"I'm delighted," he told Southampton's official YouTube channel. "It's been another good year for the club and I think there's real ambition around the place and it's good to be a part of it, so to commit and sign a new deal is unbelievable and I'm just looking forward to getting stated again.

"Every player wants to keep moving forward in their career and for me especially I'm very ambitious, and I think at this club there is that real ambition and desire to keep moving forward and improve year-in, year-out.

"If you look at just last week with Virgil signing his new deal, that was obviously positive news and, after last year and then this year, it's obvious things are moving forward and hopefully we can keep doing that in the future.

"Virgil signing last week was huge and for Prowsey to sign as well – such a talented player and such a bright future – shows that the club really want to keep hold of their players and if we can do that and maybe add a couple in the summer we can be very excited about next season.

"For the club, it's a great time for us to sign and I think it's just a great way to end the season. It's been a real positive year for us and for me personally coming back from the injury and the way the club has stood by me and supported me it was a no-brainer for me to commit my future to the club."

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