Stars Back Hot Rod Jay To Fire

By SFC Media time Wed 04 Jul Club

Rickie Lambert and Jack Cork have given a ringing endorsement of Saints' recent signing Jay Rodriguez to be a success in the Barclays Premier League.

Rickie Lambert and Jack Cork have given a ringing endorsement of Saints' recent signing Jay Rodriguez to be a success in the Barclays Premier League.

Lambert was named alongside Jay in last season's PFA Championship Team of the Year, with the strike duo scoring 52 goals between them in 2011/12.

Former Burnley man Cork, meanwhile, is a former Burnley teammate of Rodriguez's, and the midfielder has backed his old friend to make an impact at St Mary's.

"Jay Rod is a striker who's got a bit of everything really," Jack explained.

"What I saw of him when I played at Burnley is that he's quick, he's strong, a good header of the ball, and he can score a variety of goals as well not just inside the box, but a few outside as well.

"Like all of the lads he'll be trying to break into the side so I think pre-season training will be as sharp as anything because everyone will want to prove that they can do it at this level. 

"It's one of the best leagues in the world and everyone wants to show that they can play there.

"Hopefully he can replicate his form here and get some goals in the Premier League which would be good for him and the club too."

Saints paid a club record undisclosed fee for the 22 year-old frontman's services, and Cork believes that the capture of Rodriguez is a sign that the squad is looking to compete in the top flight this season.

"It's a big statement from us to say that we're prepared to fight and stay in this league," Cork affirmed. "We won't go down easily. 

"I'm expecting us to do very well next year and I'm excited to see what other signings we'll get in.

"I've heard that it was a lot of money but I'm sure Jay will justify the price tag because I know he's a great player."

And asked whether he or Danny Fox would be helping out their former teammate in adjusting to life in Southampton, Jack claimed: "It shouldn't be a problem. 

"I'm trying to show him houses around my area at the moment instead of Foxy's!"

Rodriguez this week met many of his new teammates for the first time including Lambert, who is excited at the prospect of teaming up with the former England Under-21 international.

"When I played against him last year I felt he was a very good player," Rickie stated.

"His team didn't do so well down here when we played them but I still think he had a good game, and he had a very good game up at their place against us so I think he's a good signing for us.

"He's a good, young English talent and I'm very much looking forward to playing alongside him."

The rest of the Championship certainly took note too as Jay was named in the Team of the Year alongside Lambert, which Rickie adds speaks further volume about the youngster.

"It just goes to show what a good season he had and going from what the boys here who know him well, they've got very high things to say about him.

"He seems like that as well when I met him. He's a nice lad who'll fit in well, so I'm looking forward to training with him."

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