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Surman extends 'Saints' stay


South African born midfielder Andrew Surman, who plies his trade for English Championship Division side Southampton, has extended his contract with 'The Saints' until June 2008.

The young 'Drew Surman' was born in Johannesburg on the 20th August 1986, making him eligible to be part of the Under-23 national as-well as the Bafana Bafana squad.

Described as "a cultured midfielder with a good engine and an eye for goal" by the official Southampton website , Surman held the club-record for the youngest player ever to play for Southampton Reserves.

That was until English phenomenon striker Theo Walcott broke it to the 'The Saints' first team before departing for English Premiership giants Arsenal.

Surman had loan spells with English clubs Walsall and Bournemouth, making a goal-scoring league debut in February 2005 while at Walsall and played every single match while at Bournemouth where he also scored six times before returning to 'The Saints'.

He has since become a regular member of 'The Saints' first team, after making his first team debut against Crystal Palace on the 25th of January 2006.

Missing out of Southampton's FA Cup tie against MK Dons because he was cup-tied, having played for the Bournemouth against Tamworth before.

The not so goal-shy Surman netted his first league goal for the Southampton against Plymouth, before scoring his first goal at the 'The Saints' temple, St Mary's Stadium, in the final fixture of the 2005/06 season against Leicester.

Surman is comfortable at both the left flank and centre of midfield, which is the area that has proven illusive for the South African national team, Bafana Bafana.

By Sizwe Mbebe

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