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Targett signs new deal

Matt Targett has signed a new five-year deal with Southampton.

The 21-year-old left back is a Saints Academy graduate and has been with the club since the age of eight.



"It’s a great way to kick-off the season," said Targett.

"I am really happy to sign. I’ve been at the club since I was eight so to extend my time here is only a good thing.

"Physically I feel good. I think I feel the best I’ve ever felt. I think the injury has only helped me improve physically and mentally.

"I have come back from it all and got my fitness back – I am feeling fitter and stronger so it’s all positive at the moment."

“I missed a lot of games last season. Hopefully now I can stay injury free and get out on that pitch. Hopefully I can play in the left-back spot and play as many games as possible.

“Behind the scenes I have done a lot of work with Kev the physio and Bill Styles the fitness coach. They both work really well together and they have made me come back a better player.

“When you are on the pitch you want to give a good impression to the new manager.

“From day one Mauricio has made it clear to me how he wants me to play with his philosophy and style of play. That was important because I came back a bit later.

“So as a player I am excited to see what is going to happen. Training has been very good and the coaching staff and the manager have been fantastic, so it is going to be a positive season hopefully.”


Targett pens new deal

Matt Targett has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Southampton.

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Stewart Donald – In conversation with Michael Kurn

MK= Michael Kurn

SD: Stewart Donald

{Transcript typed by Jamie Montigue}

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