Hundreds of Saints supporters paid a visit to the WestQuay store on Thursday afternoon to meet Dušan Tadić and Florin Gardos.
The Saints pair, who both signed in the summer, were able to sign the new 2015 Saints calendar, photos and merchandise for supporters.
Two keen mothers had formed the front of the queue two-and-a-half hours prior to the official start time to ensure they got their kids’ Christmas presents.
Speaking to saintsfc.co.uk, Tadić said: “We have a lot of fans and it was nice to be able to meet some of them. The fans have been really good, I really like playing here and when we’re at home and away they always support us. I’m really happy that we have that kind of fans.”
The line to meet winger Tadić and defender Gardos even formed outside the WestQuay doors, such was the demand for fans to get a glimpse of two of Saints’ high-flying side.
One supporter, Kirsty Clothier, took her two sons, Jordan and Mackenzie, to the store. She said: “They’re massive Saints supporters so when they found out the players were here they wanted to come along and meet them.”
Season Ticket holder Dave Arnold added: “My daughter is coming back from Australia on Tuesday and she’ll be coming to the Manchester United game so I wanted to pop by and get her a signed Christmas calendar. They’re both great lads; that’s what I love about the Saints players they’re always great with the fans.”
Both Tadić and Gardos got into the spirit by donning a Saints Christmas jumper as they chatted and posed for photos.
Gardos said: “The Christmas jumpers are nice! They’re really warm so I’m sure the fans will like them. It was a nice feeling to meet the fans, I hope they had a nice time.”
As well as calendars, the players signed photos, water bottles, and shirts and there were a few unusual requests, too.
Gardos added: “It’s the first time in my life that I’ve signed an iPad and a university document!”
You can buy your 2015 Saints calendar – and much more – online at store.saintsfc.co.uk now or visiting the Stadium Megastore or WestQuay store.