Saints complete Chaplow signing

30 December 2010 03:18
Southampton have signed Preston North End midfielder Richard Chaplow on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.The 25-year-old will officially become a Saints player when the transfer window opens on 1 January after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal. [LNB]Chaplow has been on loan at St Mary's for the last three months after falling out of favour at Deepdale. [LNB]He told BBC Radio Solent: "I'm delighted to get it done. This is a great club with a great manager." [LNB]He added: "With Darren Ferguson getting sacked by Preston we needed to try and push things through. [LNB]"Coming down here on loan was always with a view to signing permanently if it worked out for all parties. That's how it's gone and I'm delighted to be here."[LNB] Is Chaplow a good signing for Southampton? "I knew what I was coming into having been here on loan before. I knew the gaffer had done a great job at Scunthorpe and I've just been enjoying being back out on the pitch." [LNB]Accrington-born Chaplow has ended a three-year stay at Preston, where he scored eight goals in his 75 appearances. [LNB]"I didn't get on too well with Darren Ferguson at Preston, but he's gone now. People like Alan Irvine and the manager here are the sort of managers I want to be around," he added. [LNB]Having started his career at Burnley, Chaplow then moved to West Bromwich Albion for £1.5m in January 2005, before joining Preston three years later. [LNB]"I think there's lots more to come from me," he said. "I'm only 25, I shouldn't even really be at my peak yet. I've had some big clubs sniffing around me before, and I'm at one now too."

Source: BBC_Sport