Nathan Redmond has revealed the hard work he’s put in behind the scenes to ensure he gets back to his best this season.
By his own admission, the winger struggled last term – as did Saints – but his performances improved following Mark Hughes’s arrival and that steady upward curve in his own game has continued since the summer break.
Redmond puts that down to the training programme he put himself through before the start of pre-season training, coupled with the motivation to avoid another season like 2017/18, which he is keen to forget.
“I’ve sat down with the manager – we’ve had several conversations throughout pre-season – and I said I’ve been away and training by myself to be ready for this season,” he said.
“I want to be the player I know I can be and what a lot of people expect me to be.
“I’ve said it to various people before – I want to contribute to the team and make sure we’re in our rightful position, playing great football, entertaining the fans and pushing for those top ten to top six places.
“Last season was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced, personally, in terms of how I was playing and how stuff was going behind the scenes.
“I can’t dwell on that. It’s all down to how I react and how I respond.
“Luckily, since the manager came in for the last games of last season, I’ve had several conversations with him, Mark Bowen and Eddie (Niedzwiecki) , just reiterating the key points I can bring to this team, added to the hard work for the team defensively as well.”