Stuart Armstrong says he’s in a great place as he signs an extended contract with Premier League Southampton.
The Scotland star has established himself as an important player for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men this season, Southampton looking up the Premier League table instead of down, currently in ninth place.
Armstrong has played 13 times this term as his importance grows and he has been rewarded for his form, Scotland’s technical playmaker signing an extended deal until 2024.
It’s a big boost for the midfielder and his manager Hasenhüttl is pleased with his first bit of January business: “I am very happy with this news. Stuart is a very smart player and is someone who is important for our team.
“He has become more comfortable and confident playing in the number ten position, and it has been pleasing to see the development he has made as a result of the work he has done with us on this.
“I think he is someone who can continue to improve and make a very positive contribution for us here in the future, so it is good for the club and for him also to sign this deal.”
Armstrong himself feels the last 12 months rank among the best in his career: “I would say the last 12 months were probably the best on a personal note for me.
“I think when you move to a new club, for me especially it always takes me a bit of time it seems to be comfortable and feel part of the club and the team and get to know everyone, so once that’s out the way.
“I think it always helps on the pitch and I think the last 12 months I’ve definitely felt more comfortable and been able to produce better performances on the pitch. We definitely seem to be heading in the right direction, there’s definitely things to improve on and develop within our game, but it’s leaps and bounds from where we were not so long ago.”