Lambert commits to Saints stay

Top scorer signs new deal at St Mary's through to 2014

Lambert: Has averaged a goal every other game for Southampton

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Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has signed a new three-year deal at the Championship club.

The 29-year-old had a year left on his existing deal and has now committed himself to the club until 2014.

Lambert made a £1million move from Bristol Rovers in 2009 and has been the Saints' top scorer in each of his two seasons.

The former Rochdale and Stockport forward scored 36 goals in his first year at St Mary's, hitting another 21 last term to help Southampton win promotion back to the Championship.

As well as being League One runners-up last season, Lambert's goalscoring exploits also helped Southampton win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2009/10.

Modest start

After modest spells with Macclesfield and Stockport, the former Blackpool trainee scored 28 goals in 68 games for Rochdale to earn a move to Bristol Rovers.

There he hit another 55 goals in 155 games and now has a career total of 173 from 495 appearances.

Lambert follows Adam Lallana in committing his long-term future to Southampton with the highly-rated midfielder, 23, having signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal in January.