Thursday 18 April 2013
Southampton have announced that goalkeeper Artur Boruc has signed a new two-year contract.
The 33-year-old, whose original contract was to expire at the end of this season, has become the first-choice goalkeeper at St Mary's in the second half of the campaign and he has agreed terms on a deal that will keep him at the club until 2015.
The Poland international has started the last 15 matches with only four of those ending in defeat.
"I am very pleased and I’m proud to be a part of a big prospect," Boruc told the club's website. "As a club, I believe we can achieve a lot over the next two years, and I'm looking forward to that.
"He is very brave in the way that he plays"
Mauricio Pochettino on Artur Boruc
"As I’ve said before, [the Premier League] is probably the best place to play football and nothing has changed my mind on that since I came to Southampton.
"The new manager has changed a lot – we're playing totally different football, and I think that football is quite nice to watch and quite effective. Playing this style of football you can achieve a lot, and you need to be ambitious in your life.”
Boruc made his name at Scottish side Celtic where he spent five years from 2005 before spending two seasons at Italian outfit Fiorentina.
He joined Southampton on a free transfer in September and made his first appearance for Saints in the defeat by West Ham in October.
"I'm very happy and very satisfied," said Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino. "Artur deserves this contract because, in the three months that I've been here, he has been crucial for us.
"He has a very strong personalty and character. He is very brave in the way that he plays and, with our brand of football, it's very important that we have a 'keeper like Boruc for the long term.
"It's especially important for him to go into the last few games of the season with the confidence of the Club and to know that he's going to be here for the next two years, because that suits his competitiveness."