Shane Long has completed a whirlwind move to south coast premiership club, Southampton FC. The Gortnahoe man has reportedly cost the Saints close to €15 million after signing a four year contract.
Six months might not seem long, pun intended, but it was enough to almost double Shane’s valuation. Having only joined Hull City back in January for a reported €8 million, he settled well and seemed to have a good partnership with Nikica Jelavic. So this move will be all the more surprising to some of the boys above in Prout’s. They weren’t the only ones caught off guard either, Shane spoke to saintsFC website, stating, “I’m delighted.
“This came out of the blue for me but, once I’d come and had a look at the training facilities and met the manager, it seemed like the right decision for me and my family.”
What lies ahead for the Tipp man, well he joins a team that performed brilliantly last season, but has since had the heart and soul taken out of it.
The beating heart, that was, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovern, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, among others has left the club. While manager Mauricio Pochettino has left for Tottenham Hotspur. However the Saints have not sat around feeling sorry for themselves, Ronald Koeman has taken up the managers position. Having played at the highest level, he still holds the record for most goals scored by a defender. Since becoming a manager he has won three Dutch titles and three national cups, one of those in Spain with Valencia.
Shane won’t be the only one house hunting down by the South coast, with no fewer than seven players joining the club. Fraser Foster in goal catches the eye, the same player received the highest praise when keeping Messi and Co at bay. Spanish media called him ‘La Gran Muralla’ - The Great Wall.
Of the rest Koeman has put his faith in a couple of Eredivisie players, Italian, Graziano Pelle has scored 23 in 28 games for Feyenoord. While Serbian, Dusan Tadic comes from FC Twente with a growing reputation, as a winger who scores goals.
Exciting times ahead so for the Tipp man, who has a big reputation, Ronald Koeman had this to say, “He brings a lot of experience to our squad because he’s already played at Premier League level for a few years. He knows what we need at this level, and he can show that to our younger players as well.”
Shane has been a great servant, leaving behind a tidy profit for all the clubs he has played for. While he will never catch up with Robbie Keane’s, €97million, Shane has commanded close to €30 million in transfer fees. But some above in Prout’s still know he could cause Cork a few problems on Sunday if he were to come back home.