Saints’ delight as duo commit to club

Southampton have tied England goalkeeper Fraser Forster and midfielder James Ward-Prowse down to new long-term contracts.

Southampton: Saints' delight as duo commit to clubSouthampton: Saints' delight as duo commit to club

Forster has penned a five-year contract extension and Ward-Prowse has signed up for six more seasons at St Mary’s.

The pair follow defender Virgil van Dijk in committing to the club, with the Dutchman having agreed new terms until 2022 in the past week.

Forster, who is set to be named in Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2016 squad on Monday, said he was delighted to get the deal done before the European Championship.

“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 started again,” he said.

“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, the England Under-21 captain, said it was an easy decision to extend his stay with the club he has been at since he was eight years old.

“When I knew I had the chance to extend my stay here, it was a no-brainer for me,” said the 21-year-old.

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