Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is hoping to convince manager Ralph Hasenhuttl that he's worthy of a place in his long term plans and a new contract.

The 32-year-old is in a decent vein of form with three goals so far this month and he became the league’s fastest ever goalscorer when he netted against Watford after just 7.69 seconds.

Long's current deal expires has a year to run on it and while the striker is eager to extend his stay at St Mary's, he admits that he still has work to do to convince everyone he deserves it.

"I think with the last four or five performances I’ve put in, there have been some good ones in there," he told the Southern Daily Echo.

"I have only got a year left on my contract and I don’t think I’ve earned the right to go knocking on the door and asking for more years.

"I think the club is an amazing club and the people here like the way I approach the game, the way I train and the way I am in the dressing room.

"As a striker you need goals and I am trying to put my case forward between now and the end of the season.

"Everyone knows I love it here and I know next season is going to be a big season because of the confidence the manager has instilled around the place and I want to be a part of that.

"If it does come to it at the end of the season and I’m not wanted anymore, then I will still look back on my career at Southampton as a good time and something to be really proud of.

"It’s hard to validate giving a new deal out if you aren’t getting the goals or the results on the pitch.

"I am working as hard as I can to try and sway it in my direction and if it’s not to be then I will look to pastures new, but I don’t want that."