Southampton ace pens new deal

Shane Long has signed a new four-year deal to stay at Southampton, reports the club’s official website.

The Irishman put pen to paper on a new contract to keep him to the club until 2020, 6 years after he joined the club in 2014.

Long signed the deal on the back of a strong performance for the Republic of Ireland at EURO 2016, as the club were eventually knocked out by hosts France. Long scored 3 goals in qualifying for the summer competition, including the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Germany.

The 29-year-old hit double figures in the Premier League for the first time last season, in his second year with the Saints.

And despite numerous changes in the changing room, with both players and managers leaving, Long has committed to the club, and says he’s excited to spend four more years at the club:

“I’m delighted. I’m excited to be part of what could be a big future in the next four years for this club.” Long told the club’s website.

The Saints kick off their new campaign at home to Watford on August 13th.