Goalkeeper Artur Boruc has signed a new two-year contract at Southampton.
The Poland international linked up with the Saints on a free transfer in September, having left Fiorentina in the summer after two years in Italy. His time at St Mary’s didn’t get off to the best start; during his second game for the club he clashed with supporters when he allegedly threw a bottle into the crowd in a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the 33-year-old has now firmly established himself as the number one goalkeeper for the club, and has started their last 15 games, of which just four have ended in defeat. Boruc has now signed a new deal which keeps him on the South Coast until the summer of 2015, and under coach Mauricio Pochettino, he believes there will be plenty of progress during this period.
“I am very pleased and I’m proud to be a part of a big project,” he told the club’s official website. “As a club, I believe we can achieve a lot over the next two years, and I’m looking forward to that. The Premier League is probably the best place to play football. The new manager has changed a lot – we’re playing totally different football, and I think that football is quite effective.”
Although Southampton are not entirely safe from an instant return to the Championship just yet, it would now be something of a surprise were they to suffer relegation. Since a 2-1 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the start of March, they have won three games and drawn twice.
Pochettino, who was installed when Nigel Adkins was controversially sacked in January, has now led his side to 12th place in the standings, seven points above the drop zone. A win at Swansea City would seal their survival, and could also see them take up a position in the top-ten.