Kelvin Davis says Saints are concentrating their efforts on continuing the progress that has been made in recent seasons ahead of a new era at the club.
The club captain is preparing to enter his ninth playing season at St Mary’s, and is looking forward to the challenge of impressing a new set of faces in the coaching set up with a fast start to the pre-season schedule.
“We’ve achieved a lot over the last few years and we’ve got to make a progression,” Davis asserted on the first day back at training.
“Football doesn’t stand still and you’ve got to keep looking to improve. We’re in a brand new training facility and we’re enjoying that, and I’m sure that we’ll add to the squad and start looking forward.”
Tuesday saw the first time that the players met with manager Ronald Koeman, and Davis confessed that it was an important moment for the squad.
He said: “You try to put your best foot forward, but it’s like any role in life when you go to a new position or you’ve got someone new in the office, you want to make a good impression and the lads here are no different.
“Everyone was here on time in the morning, well maybe most people were, but yes, everyone just wanted to get off on the right foot and we want to hit the ground running to try and get as fit as we can as quick as we can to be ready for the start of the season.”
One new face that Kelvin will also be working closely alongside is that of Dave Watson, the club’s new Senior Goalkeeping Coach, who Davis explained is someone he is already familiar with.
“I know Dave from way back because we were actually at an England Under-21 group together many years ago,” Kelvin highlighted.
“He’s obviously a very young coach, and he’s a good lad and obviously from his time with England.
“He’s very well respected as a goalkeeping coach and a guy that I’m certainly really looking forward to working with.”