Saints striker pens new deal

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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."

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