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Monday 11 June 2012

Southampton seal Rodriguez deal

Saints make Burnley striker first signing since return to Barclays Premier League

Jay Rodriguez has been top scorer for Burnley for the past two seasons

Southampton have made Jay Rodriguez their fist signing since returning to the Barclays Premier League.

The 22-year-old striker has agreed to move from Championship side Burnley, agreeing a four-year deal at St Mary's.

"This is a great club, a massive club, and they're where they belong"
- Jay Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who has been the Clarets' top goalscorer for the past two seasons, said he was delighted to finally close the deal.

"I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season," he told Southampton's website.

"This is a great club, a massive club, and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of, and it's really exciting.

"As an outsider, you look at the club from where it started, and the drive they have to move up the leagues in quick succession is amazing.

"The sky is the limit. You see how good the players are at the club. They want to push on even higher, and carry on the way they're going."

Rodriguez won Burnley Young Player of the Season as they won promotion to the top flight in 2008/09.

He struggled with injuries during Burnley's one season stay, but scored 15 times during 2010/11 and 21 times last season as Burnley finished 13th.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins said Rodriguez was an exciting young English talent.

"He is an exciting, forward-thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals"
- Nigel Adkins

"We are delighted Jay has signed us as we get ready for our pre-season schedule," he said.

"He is an exciting, forward-thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years. His characteristics are what we have been looking for.

"He has demonstrated a superb attitude and when we have met him it has only confirmed what our research has told us.

"He has a hungry and enthusiastic attitude with a desire to work hard in the positive environment that we have at Southampton where will be able to develop his talent."

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Key Points

  • Southampton sign 22-year-old striker Jay Rodriguez
  • Forward moves to St Mary's from Championship Burnley
  • Boss Nigel Adkins hails signing of an 'exciting' talent