RALPH Hasenhuttl hinted Theo Walcott could be set to extend his stay at Saints, stating: "I still think he is a player that can help us in the next two years."

Walcott is currently on a season-long loan at his boyhood club, having arrived from Everton in October.

Since returning to the club where he made his professional debut, Saints academy graduate Walcott has scored twice and provided three assists in his 23 appearances.

It is understood the 32-year-old's contract at Everton is set to expire in the summer, making him available on a free transfer.

Asked if he feels Walcott has done enough to earn a deal with Saints, boss Hasenhuttl said: "I think in the games he played he showed he was an important part of our game - especially his work load and his effort was important.

"He's a very professional guy and, as I always said, I was happy he was coming here and I still think he is a player that can help us in the next two years.

"If he's not always playing from the beginning, then he's still such a good character that he supports the team whenever he needs to.

"I think this is, for me, also a very important part for giving him a new contract or not."