Baird pens new Saints deal
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Northern Ireland international had been hoping to extend his stay at St Mary's but was not sure if he was wanted by Saints boss Paul Sturrock.
Offers came in from Premiership newcomers West Brom and Norwich, along with Wigan and Watford - but he always wanted to remain on the South Coast.
He has now penned a fresh two-year contract with The Saints and was delighted to have finally sorted out his future.
"I am delighted it has all been sorted out," Baird told the club website.
"It has taken a few months but it is good to have it all done.
"I had a lot of options and offers but I really wanted to stay with Southampton. I love the club and the city and I never wanted to leave.
"With a new manager coming in, it is a fresh start for everyone and hopefully now I can work hard and establish myself in the first team reckoning."