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Southampton striker Long feels he is playing for his future at St Mary’s

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Southampton striker Long feels he is playing for his future at St Mary’s

Shane Long has had something of a resurgence under Ralph Hasenhuttl but still feels he is playing for his Southampton future.

Southampton striker Shane Long feels he is playing for his future at St Mary’s, according to the Southampton Daily Echo.

Long became something of a figure of fun when he went on a long goal drought but his constant work rate won him a place in Hasenhuttl’s plans and he has paid his manager back with goals, including the quickest in Premier League history in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Watford.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “I have only got a year left on my contract and I don’t think I’ve earned the right to go knocking on the door asking for more years.

“As a striker you need goals and I am trying to put my case forward. Everyone knows I love it here. Next season is going to be a big season. I want to be a part of that.

 

“If it does come to it at the end of the season and I’m not wanted anymore, I will look back on my career at Southampton as a good time. It’s hard to validate giving a new deal out if you aren’t getting the goals. I am working as hard as I can to sway it in my direction. If it’s not to be then I will look to pastures new, but I don’t want that.”

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It’s rare to hear a player be this candid or indeed this self-effacing when it comes to putting their case forward for a new contract.

Long is clearly acutely aware of the impact his long goal drought might have had on the thinking of the club when it comes to giving him a new deal.

But if Hasenhuttl can keep getting the hard work and goals he is currently getting from Long, then Southampton should give him an extension.

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