Nathan Redmond believes his time at Southampton has helped develop him as a person as well as a player, with the forward having strengthened his commitment with the club by signing a new four-year contract at St Mary's.
The 25-year-old, who arrived at the club three seasons ago, has put pen to paper on the deal, which runs through to the summer of 2023.
It comes off the back of an outstanding campaign for Redmond, who won both the Fans' and Players' Player of the Season awards last term, and he is excited about what continues to lie ahead.
"I feel I've developed a lot as a player, but not just as a player, but as a person as well," he said of his time at the club.
"It's been a crucial part and another step in my development. I've had ups and I've had downs with the club, but it's been a constant learning process. Looking back, I've thoroughly enjoyed every single moment.
"I'm getting older and it's another stage in my development. I came here as a young lad with a fair amount of games and experience under my belt, but of course there was another level when I came here, which I had to step up to with the players who were here at the time.
"The players who have come and gone, and the players still here now, I feel like I have grown with them the last couple of years and it's a good feeling to now know I'm crossing over that border into a more senior player now, and that comes with more responsibility. It's not always something I've wanted in the past, but I think now I'm definitely ready for it."
nathan redmondwe've got a great group of players here. it's a pleasure to go out there and perform with them at the weekend.
Redmond is also optimistic about what could be achieved in the team's first full season under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
"It's an exciting one, off the back of last season, from what we did once the new manager came in," he said.
"We've had a full pre-season now and I'm raring to go and can't wait to start the season.
"We've got a great group of players here, who I've been with for the last three years. I see them every single day and it's a pleasure to go out there and perform with them at the weekend and train hard with them every single week.
"I feel like we can hopefully build something special and to be a part of it for the next four years is good for me."