Skipper Hammond pens new Southampton deal

Southampton captain Dean Hammond has signed a new contract with the club, committing to the Championship high-flyers until 2014.

Hammond has played an integral part in the club’s early season success, and manager Nigel Atkins told the club’s official website he was keen to tie down the 28 year old midfielder as his side aims to complete back to back promotions:

“Since I joined the football club Dean has been top drawer, we have a lot of exceptional professionals here, but Dean Hammond is the ultra professional so I am delighted that he has signed a new deal.”

Hammond, who signed from Colchester two years ago, also played a huge role in the Saint’s successful campaign last year when they finished League One runners up to Gus Poyet’s Brighton. With both sides looking to sample Premier League football next year, Hammond has been quick to commit his foreseeable future to his current side:

“I’m very happy, delighted … It’s a great club to be at and the ambition that the club has got is there for everyone to see…now the ambition of the club is to get back into the Premier League and I hope to be a part of that.”

Southampton and Hammond will now be turning their attention to consolidating their position at the top of the table as they face a tough away trip to Burnley this weekend.

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