Danny Ings believes a promising season lies ahead for Southampton, given what the team achieved during the second half of the last campaign.
Saints enjoyed a significant upturn in form following the arrival of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl in December, as they rallied impressively to secure Premier League survival.
danny ingsit's very promising for the club and the whole town.
Now, as the team prepares to head into a first full season under their boss, Ings is excited about what could lie ahead in 2019/20.
"Towards the back of the season we really showed how good we can be as a team,” said the striker, who this week completed the formalities of his permanent transfer from Liverpool.
“We came together. We knew we were in a bit of trouble down there, and we fought our way out of it and we did it in style.
“The high-pressing game and with the players we've got technically, it's very promising for the club and for the whole town.”
Ings has already reported back for pre-season, and, having joined on deadline day last year on an initial loan, he is looking forward to having a full summer of preparation with his teammates.
"I think for any player, pre-season is the most important part of your season,” he said. “It's the foundations being laid ready for the up-and-coming games.
“Each season the Premier League is getting faster and faster, and you've got to be ready for that, so I'm looking forward to starting pre-season here and doing well in the season.”
Ings netted eight goals last season, and, although some injury trouble slowed his pace on that front during the second half of the campaign, his contribution towards survival was a significant one.
With that year now under his belt, the 26-year-old has high hopes for the coming 12 months with his hometown club.
He said: “I would have been a lot happier if I had scored more goals. I felt like there were chances to probably nick a few more, but now I'm looking to build on last year.
“I felt it was a positive season for me, moving down here and starting a new journey here in Southampton. This is a big year for me and I'm looking forward to it.”