Sam Gallagher believes he is ready to make his mark on the first-team set-up at Southampton.
The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the club this week, following a successful loan with Blackburn Rovers last season.
“I’ve been here since I was 16, which is quite a long time when you think about it,” started Gallagher.
“I’ve definitely grown up a lot in that time, especially over the last year. I have turned more from feeling like a young player to feeling like a first team player.
“That is the sort of form and attitude that I would like to bring to the club this year.”
Gallagher will report back for pre-season on Monday, alongside the rest of Mauricio Pellegrino’s men – bar those who have been involved in internationals this summer.
And the young striker is hoping to make an impression on the new Saints boss.
“You always get that feeling before pre-season: that it is a fresh start and everybody is out there to impress,” he continued.
“I will be trying to do that as well. To come back in good shape and hopefully show the manager and everyone what I can do."