Long completes two-year extension

By SFC Media time Thu 04 Jun Shane Long
Photo by Matt Watson | Shane Long

Southampton forward Shane Long has agreed a two-year contract extension at St Mary’s, the club is delighted to announce.

The Republic of Ireland international had been approaching the end of his pre-existing deal this summer, but is now set to remain with Saints until the end of the 2021/22 season.

Long has been with the club since the summer of 2014, recently making his 200th appearance for the team, and he has been an important part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad since the manager took the helm 18 months ago.

Eight of his 35 goals for Saints have come under the Austrian’s guidance, with Long making 43 appearances in that time.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: Shane Long during a Southampton FC training session, at the Staplewood Campus on May 29, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Shane Long returned to training at Staplewood with the Saints squad last week

Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “Shane is an outstanding professional. He has been an important player for me and I know also for the managers before me.

“He has scored some big goals for us and helped to create many more for his teammates too. I think that is one of his top qualities. He is a great team player, and someone who has a positive impact on the group as a whole when he plays.

i love what the club stands for and i'm excited for what the club can achieve over the next couple of years.

shane long

“He is also a player who sets the right example for our youngsters to follow in how he conducts himself on and off the pitch, so this is good news for us that we will have him as part of the squad for another two years.”

Shane Long said: “I love the way the club is run, I love what the club stands for and I’m excited about what the club will do over the next couple of years.

“I can see the club pushing up the league, back to where we all want to be, and I want to be part of that. I’m just delighted to get it done.”

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