Southampton striker Rickie Lambert admitted he would like to stay at the club for the rest of his career after he signed a new three-year deal.

Lambert was a key figure in helping Saints seal automatic promotion to the Championship last season, scoring 21 goals in 45 league games. The 29-year-old joined the club in 2009 after a successful three-year spell at Bristol Rovers, where he claimed 59 goals in 139 starts.

He told Saints Player: "It was always in my mind to sign another contract at Southampton and I'm just made up I've done that now. I would love to finish my career at Southampton because I'm going to prove now I can play at this level and then on to Premiership level as well, which if I do then there will hopefully be another contract at the end of these three years which I'm hoping for."

He added: "It's the ambition of the club and my own to get into the Premiership and I'm hoping that what's going to happen."

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