New contract for Gallagher

Sam Gallagher has signed a new four-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2021.

The young striker had an excellent season on loan at Championship strugglers Blackburn, where he found the net 12 times despite Rovers finishing in the bottom three.

That was enough to convince the Southampton hierarchy to offer him a new deal and with rumours circulating that Jay Rodriguez will leave the South coast this summer, he’ll have a part to play alongside Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long.

Saints vice chairman of football Les Reed said: “The experience Sam gained last season at Blackburn Rovers in the Championship was invaluable, and it was clear to see the further improvement that he made in his game during that time. Not only did he score 12 goals but his general play was impressive and highlighted his capability.

“We believe he has many exciting years ahead of him, and that this is the ideal place for him to realise the great deal of potential that he still possesses.

“We are all looking forward to seeing Sam back here for pre-season and helping him take the next strides in his game at Southampton.”

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