Having joined Southampton on a four-year deal, England Under 21 international Jack Cork is determined to show Saints’ fans what Chelsea have missed out on.

The 22-year-old midfielder has impressed for his country and the six clubs he has represented on a loan basis, but was never given a first team chance at Stamford Bridge.

Cork has realised that the time is right to move on, although he admits ‘it was a massive decision to make’ to leave the club he had been a part of since the age of nine.

Cork became Saints boss Nigel Adkins’ first summer signing, and he’s delighted to be reunited with the former Scunthorpe United boss.

He returns to the south coast almost three years after a half season loan spell with the club during Southampton’s previous stint in the Npower Championship.

"I'm excited really. This is a big part of my life now in moving away from Chelsea and to feel part of a club like I do here is really nice.”

The promising youngster never made a first team appearance for the Blues, and Cork’s career has so far been played out through a series of loan spells away from west London.

Having spent the past 18 months at Burnley, Cork has also had spells at Scunthorpe, where he played under Adkins and assistant manager Andy Crosby.


 

 

Cork continued. “I had another year left at Chelsea, but I've been wanting to get away for a while and have been waiting for the right move to present itself.

“The chance to come to Southampton came along, and having known the manager and having been here before and knowing some of the guys, it just felt like it was the right move for me.

"There were other teams in for me but this always felt like the right option because this club is really going places and heading in the right direction, so I'm delighted to be here and can't wait for the season to start."

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