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Friday 22 March 2013

Lambert delighted to sign new deal at Southampton

31-year-old forward extends his contract to 2016 at South-Coast club

Rickie Lambert has scored 13 goals in the Barclays Premier League this season

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his contract at the club to 2016.

The 31-year-old, who with 13 goals is the leading Englishman in the Barclays Premier League scoring charts, joined Southampton from Bristol Rovers in 2009 and has scored more than 100 goals for the South Coast club as they climbed up from League One to the top flight in successive seasons.

"There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years"
Rickie Lambert

"Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football club," team manager Mauricio Pochettino told the club's website. "To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication.

"In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training - attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well.

"I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club... and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level."

Lambert, who is the latest player at St Mary's to commit himself to the club after Morgan Schneiderlin and  was delighted with the new deal.

“I'm over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years," Lambert said. "I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is.

"There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract - and that is why I want to end my career here. The core of players who have been together for two or three years are going to be here for another three or four years and that is a really good feeling.

"We all have the same ambition and [executive chairman] Nicola Cortese's ambition for this club drives us all on as well, so it really helps the club with where we are now and it will help with where we want to go."

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Key Points

  • Rickie Lambert extends his contract at Southampton to 2016
  • The 31-year-old is the leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League
  • Manager Mauricio Pochettino calls Lambert a special player for Southampton