Writer: Daniel Bailey
Date:Saturday March 28 2009
Southampton's veteran defender Chris Perry is set to remain at St Mary's next season after being offered a one-year contract extension.
The former Spurs player has a clause in his current deal whereby if he features in 25 games this season, he will automatically be offered a one-year extension; a landmark that Perry has already reached with seven league games remaining.
Saints' no.2 has made 34 starts this campaign, making a further two appearances from the bench, and so Perry has every reason to do all he can to help Southampton beat the drop and maintain his status as a Championship player next season.
Perry initially joined Saints on loan at the tail end of last season, when former boss Nigel Pearson signed the defender in a bid to improve Southampton's leaky defence.
Perry and fellow loanee Chris Lucketti managed to form a formidable partnership at the back, helping the Saints to preserve their Championship status for another season thanks to a dramatic final day 3-2 win over play-off chasing Sheffield United.
The former Charlton defender impressed so much during his loan stint that Saints approached Luton about turning Perry's loan move into a permanent one during the summer.
Luton accepted the offer, as did Perry, and so he penned a one-year deal to remain on the south coast.
This season, the 35-year-old centre half has been a rock at the heart of the defence, particularly under Mark Wotte who has paired him with Jan-Paul Saeijs.
Saints boss Wotte also revealed youngsters Matt Paterson, Joseph Mills and Jack Boyle will be offered new deals.
Other negotiations and talks remain behind closed doors for the time being as the club also waits to discover its fate this season.
Date:Saturday March 28 2009
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