Shane Long won’t go knocking for a new Southampton contract

Southampton striker Shane Long says he won’t be knocking on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s door for a new contract this summer.

The 32-year-old striker, who now holds the record for the fastest ever Premier League goal after netting against Watford this week after 7.69 seconds, is out of contract in the summer of 2020.

That strike was only his third goal in 24 games in all competitions this season and Long is well aware that may not be enough to secure his place in the long-term plans of Hasenhuttl.

Long told the Daily Echo: “I think with the last four or five performances I’ve put in, there have been some good ones in there.

“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 and asking for more years.

“I think the club is an amazing club and the people here like the way I approach the game, the way I train and the way I am in the dressing room.

“As a striker you need goals and I am trying to put my case forward between now and the end of the season.

“Everyone knows I love it here and I know next season is going to be a big season because of the confidence the manager has instilled around the place and 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, then I will still look back on my career at Southampton as a good time and something to be really proud of.

“It’s hard to validate giving a new deal out if you aren’t getting the goals or the results on the pitch.

“I am working as hard as I can to try and sway it in my direction and if it’s not to be then I will look to pastures new, but I don’t want that.”