David Connolly has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new deal to keep him at St Mary's until the end of next season.
The 33-year-old's original deal expired this summer but has now extended his stay and is hoping to steer Saints to promotion.
He told the club's official website: "The club has a lot going for it and a lot of good people here. It's going to be a really good season and I can't wait to get started."
He added: "I spoke to the club at the end of the season and then went away on a coaching course and away on holiday and then before you know it we are at the end of June.
"I was very relaxed about it as I had spoken to the club and it was then just a case of sorting out something that was suitable for both of us.
"As I said, there are a lot of good people here and is being led well by the chairman, so I was quite relaxed about it all, I haven't used an agent, it was just sorted out between the chairman and myself.
"Hopefully we can now go on and have a good season, I want to be able to help the team and contribute to a good season.
"It will be a challenging season and I think it is great to be in a position where you are part of a challenging season. It's going to be a good test for everyone to see where we can go and I am looking forward to that.
"Everyone knows where the club wants to be, and that's the goal, but it's the little baby steps that get you there."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms