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Long eager to extend Saints stay

25th April 2019, 11:06 by Bobbie Jackson

Shane Long has revealed a desire to stay at Southampton beyond his current deal but knows performances must improve.

The 32-year-old joined Southampton from Hull in the summer of 2014 for a fee in the region of £12million - signing a four-year deal - and he went on to net five league goals during his debut campaign.

Long went on to double that haul in 2015-16 but has since struggled to have much of an impact in front of goal.

After scoring in a 3-2 loss at Arsenal in April 2018, he failed to register again in the league until January 2019.

But he has bagged three times this month, including netting the fastest-ever Premier League goal against Watford on Tuesday, as his goals have helped Southampton to climb away from the relegation zone.

The former Reading man will enter the final year of his contract over the summer but he is hoping to convince the club to hand over fresh terms.

Long said: "I think with the last four or five performances I've put in, there have been some good ones in there.

"I have only got a year left on my contract and I don't think I've earned the right to go knocking on the door and asking for more years.

"I think the club is an amazing club and the people here like the way I approach the game, the way I train and the way I am in the dressing room.

"As a striker you need goals and I am trying to put my case forward between now and the end of the season.

"Everyone knows I love it here and I know next season is going to be a big season because of the confidence the manager has instilled around the place and I want to be a part of that.

"It's hard to validate giving a new deal out if you aren't getting the goals or the results on the pitch.

"I am working as hard as I can to try and sway it in my direction and if it's not to be then I will look to pastures new, but I don't want that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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