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  • "Blimey have we all had to eat humble Pie, we continued to disbelieve all the rumours and every one has come to fruition it's horrible. I do not doubt that Saints will continue in the upward direction but it will seem strange that when Saints play wherever any of the Players go they will be the Opposition and goodness knows what we will all feel is Luke scores his first Goal against Saints especially if it's at St Marys I will want to walk out.

    I've posted on here many times that I too think that there seems to be a conspiracy to stop Southampton FC being successful, the reason is obvious, the ( I hate putting this) Top Clubs do not want to be below Saints in the League, imagine being a Fly on the wall in the Manchester United dressing room at the end of last season, What I we doing here in this position Southampton are up our backsides and that's not right, we say WHY NOT?

    The Premiership is changing, better Players are in the League many are World Class, many play for there Country and are a pleasure to watch even if they are the Opposition, as a nutural I can watch Man City, Chelsea and most Players in the world want to play in the Premiership and money plays a very big part in attracting good Players.
    We have to accept Players will want to leave Southampton but it would be nice if we had more Adam's and Rickie's who spent several years in the first Team and help the Club to get where it is now, Luke is disappointing because he's been nurtured for several years at Southampton's expense so in real terms hasn't shown his gratitude as he's only Played for the first Team 2 season.
    Like thousands of others I'm a born optimist and think nobody is indispensable, who knows how many from the Academy are close to Playing in the first Team and new faces will also want to play for Southampton who will continue the direction on onwards and upwards to get up the noses of those who resent Southampton joining the title of ONE OF THE TOP TEAMS IN THE PREMIERSHIP and when they get there next season will not want to drop there standards"
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Rickie gone but not forgotten

Daily Echo: Rickie Lambert Rickie Lambert

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger says Rickie Lambert will “forever remain an icon in the history of the club”.

The striker completed his dream transfer to Liverpool yesterday, signing a two-year contract at Anfield, and ending a glittering five-year stay at St Mary’s.

Saints will receive a fee approaching £5m for the England international, plus add-ons, although some of that will go to his former club, Bristol Rovers, who possess a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Krueger, pictured below, paid tribute to the 32-year-old, who scored 117 goals in 235 appearances for Saints after his £1m arrival in 2009.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Rickie,” he said.

“He served with distinction and helped to take Saints from League One to the Premier League. “Rickie has been a shining light in Saints’ growth and will forever remain an icon in the history of the club.

“He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Southampton and will always be welcome back at St Mary’s.”

Lambert’s departure was a reluctant one for Saints, who felt they could not stand in the way of him completing a fairytale move to the team he has supported since he was a boy.

A statement from the club added: “It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now, but also for many years to come.”

The player himself issued an open letter to everyone at Saints, thanking them for all their help and support and wishing them great success in the future.

A range of people were mentioned, including Markus Liebherr, Alan Pardew, Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pochettino, although former chairman Nicola Cortese did not make the cut.

After completing his move to Liverpool, Lambert said: “I can't believe it. I’ve loved this club all my life. I left here 17 years ago and I haven’t stopped loving it since.

“I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn’t think the chance would come.

“I know how big Liverpool are, and it means everything to me, but I know what is important; I know it’s what I do on the pitch and the minutes I play.

“I know that’s what matters, and that’s what I'll be focused on.”

Lambert will link up with Liverpool after returning from the World Cup with England.

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