Southampton and England International goalkeeper Fraiser Forster has signed a new five years contract to keep him at the club till 2021.
Forster’s contract was due to expire this summer but he has put to bed speculations about him moving to other clubs by committing his future. A statement on the clubs website reads;
‘Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce goalkeeper Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year contract.‘I think there’s real ambition around the place and it’s good to be a part of it.” The stopper, who has impressed during his two seasons with Saints so far, today put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at St Mary’s until 2021.The goalkeeper joins defender Virgil van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse, who have also signed new deals in the last week, in committing his long-term future to Saints.
Forster joined in the summer of 2014 from Scottish champions Celtic, and made an immediate impression on the south coast as he helped Ronald Koeman’s side make a blistering start to the 2014/15 campaign.The goalkeeper was an ever-present for Koeman’s men, making 37 appearances in all competitions, until he suffered a serious knee injury in a 2-0 win against Burnley in April 2015. A nine-month rehabilitation programme saw the goalkeeper make a sooner-than-expected return in January 2016, as he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win against Watford at St Mary’s.
Executive Director of Football Les Reed said: “Since his arrival in 2014, Fraser has proved himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and has been an integral part of the club’s success over the last two seasons.”The way in which Fraser returned from his long-term injury earlier this season further highlighted his quality, as he wrote his name into the club’s record books.”At 28, Fraser will only get better and we firmly believe he will be a key factor in the club’s future success and of the national team’s plans for many years to come. We’re delighted he sees his long-term future with Southampton and that we share the same ambitions.”
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Forster told Southampton’s official YouTube channel: “”I’m delighted. It’s been another good year for the club and I think there’s real ambition around the place and it’s good to be a part of it, so to commit and sign a new deal is unbelievable and I’m just looking forward to getting stated again.”Every player wants to keep moving forward in their career and for me especially I’m very ambitious, and I think at this club there is that real ambition and desire to keep moving forward and improve year-in, year-out.”If you look at just last week with Virgil signing his new deal, that was obviously positive news and after last year and then this year it’s obvious things are moving forward and hopefully we can keep doing that in the future.”
Ward-Prowse, meanwhile, emerged through the Southampton academy and the midfielder has established himself as an important player in Ronald Koeman’s side, making 38 appearances in all competitions so far this season.Reed said: “We’ve been delighted with the way in which James has continued to develop over the course of the last season, becoming a key member of Ronald’s first team and playing an important part in another excellent season for the club.”Now captain of England Under-21s, James continues to go from strength to strength, and we’re very pleased that he sees Southampton as the best place to achieve his ambitions.
“James is an excellent example of the club’s philosophy to bring players through from the Academy into the first team, he is the perfect role model for our young Academy players and he will certainly be an important part of the club for many years to come.”Ward-Prowse told Southampton’s YouTube channel: “I’m delighted. When I knew I had the chance to extend my stay here it was a no-brainer for me.”It’s pleasing that the club have shown that they have faith in me to extend my stay and I want to repay the faith to the club for putting their time and effort into making me the player I am today.”