Gazza Eager To Take Opportunity

By SFC Media time Tue 25 Sep Club

Paulo Gazzaniga hopes to build on his first league appearance in a Saints shirt.

In the space of a year, the Argentine goalkeeper has gone from earning his first professional contract in England with League Two Gillingham to making his Barclays Premier League debut for Saints in Saturday’s win over Aston Villa.

Quite some rise, and one which even the twenty-year-old goalkeeper himself admits is difficult to come to terms with.

"I can’t really put it into words," the former Valencia youth stopper tells tonight’s matchday programme. 

"To compete in the Premier League has always been a dream of mine, so to achieve it on Saturday was simply wonderful. It is true that my opportunity came a little earlier than I was expecting, but I have been training hard and felt comfortable when my time came.

"Luckily we got the result that we deserved so all in all I could not be happier. Everything has gone better than I could have possibly imagined since arriving in England. It has just all happened so quickly – it really is amazing."

Following the weekend's addition of the experienced Artur Boruc, Paulo is now one of three goalkeepers battling to be Nigel Adkins' first-choice option between the posts.

While happy just to be part of the squad, Gazzaniga is adamant that he has what it takes to see off the challenges of Boruc and Club Captain Kelvin Davis to make the number one spot his own.

"The competition is good for me because it means that I will demand even more of myself," he insists. 

"I just need to keep working hard in order to get as many minutes as possible under my belt. We’ll see what happens from there."

Read the full interview with Paulo Gazzaniga in Tuesday’s official matchday programme priced at £2 in and around St Mary’s Stadium.

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