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Rickie Lambert has extended his Saints contract to 2016
6:00pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in Sport
Rickie Lambert has extended his contract at Saints until 2016 and has revealed he wants to finish his career at the club.
The striker's current deal was due to run out in 2014, but the club have moved to tie him down for another two years.
"I'm over the moon to sign with Southampton for another three years," he told Saints' website.
"I am already enjoying myself massively at this club and the aim now is to stay on for another three years and help push the club on further than where it already is.
"There is a lot of ambition in this club for the next few years and that is one of the main reasons that I have signed the contract – and that is why I want to end my career here."
Lambert's new deal will take him beyond his 34th birthday.
His new deal means that, aside from Artur Boruc who is currently due to become a free agent at the end of the season, the club have all their regular first-team players contracted until at least 2015.
Lambert, who joined Saints from Bristol Rovers in 2009 for £1m, took his goal tally for the club to 101 with a deflected free-kick in last weekend's stunning 3-1 victory over Liverpool, at St Mary's.
His 13 Premier League strikes this season make him the top English goalscorer in the division.