Morgan feels benefit of dark days

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Morgan Schneiderlin did not expect to be playing on a cold Tuesday night in Hartlepool when he joined Southampton, but believes such experiences helped turn him into a Premier League-class player.

The 22-year-old is one of just a handful of players to have remained with the south coast club during what has been a turbulent past four years, which saw the club go from the brink to the Premier League via back-to-back promotions. Schneiderlin was part of the side relegated to League One in 2009, capping what was a difficult first season in English football for the French midfielder.

"For myself, it was very difficult," said Schneiderlin, who joined Saints despite reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

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