Last Updated: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:45
Southampton skipper Adam Lallana says he could spend his entire career at the club after signing a new long-term contract.
The 24-year-old put pen-to-paper on a new five-and-a-half year deal on Thursday evening, tying him to the south coast outfit until 2018.
It is more good news for the Saints following new deals for Kelvin Davies, Rickie Lambert, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jason Puncheon in recent weeks.
With the club quickly adapting to life under new boss Mauricio Pochettino and all but assured of Premier League safety, things are looking up for a side that was in League One just two years ago.
Lallana, who joined the Saints as a schoolboy, is excited about the future and can see himself staying at the club for the rest of his playing days.
"I'm absolutely delighted," he told the club's official website. "To commit my future to the club for the next five years is something I'm really happy about.
"I can't wait to work with the new management team and the lads to continue our progress in the Premier League. It was an easy decision for me with the direction the club is going in.
"I've been at the club since I was 12 and - being honest - I can only see my future lying with Southampton Football Club.
"If someone was to say that I'd end my career playing for Southampton in the Premier League then I'd snap your hand off for it."
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