Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is delighted with Ricki Lambert's new contract.

Lambert's contract extension follows recent new deals handed to Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Kelvin Davis - others to have played a key part in Southampton's rise from npower League One to the top flight.

"Rickie Lambert is a very special player for Southampton Football Club," Saints manager Pochettino said.

"To have scored over 100 goals is a remarkable achievement, and one which he has made possible thanks to hard work and dedication.

"In my time at the club I have been impressed by his mentality and commitment to improving himself in training - attributes that have allowed him to adapt to the Premier League so well.

"I am delighted that Rickie has committed himself to the club for a further three years, and have no doubts that he will continue to deliver for Southampton as we look to push on to the next level."