Isaac Nehemie is delighted with how this year has gone for him after an initial injury setback prior to the 2013/14 campaign.
The full-back, who was recruited by Saints from nearby Sparsholt College during last season, missed a handful of league games after pre-season before returning to the side and holding down the starting left-back slot.
The youngster is revelling in the chance to constantly represent Saints at Youth level and is targeting a victory over league leaders Fulham on Wednesday to ensure he ends a positive year on a high.
“I think things have gone really well, to be fair,” Nehemie assessed when talking to Saints Player. “At the start of pre-season I got injured, so I missed a few games, but now I’m back starting again. I’m enjoying it! I think it’s great. I’m enjoying my football here.
“It’s very important to end 2013 by beating Fulham. I’ll go home happy and enjoy my Christmas better if we get a win tomorrow.”
To overcome the table-toppers, Nehemie feels that replicating the form shown in the recent seven-nil win against Portsmouth in the FA Youth Cup is vital, after a disappointing showing against Norwich last weekend which resulted in a two-nil loss.
The youngster was deployed further down the flank in a left-wing role for the match away to the Canaries and felt he performed to an acceptable standard, despite his unfamiliarity with the position in recent times.
When quizzed on how he felt playing on the left of midfield, Nehemie responded: “It’s a bit different because I hadn’t played there since pre-season in Denmark. It was quite tough with the tactical side of it. I thought I could have done better, but I thought I did well knowing that I hadn’t played there for months.
“It was different. I wouldn’t say it was comfortable. It didn’t feel the same as playing left-back because I’m more comfortable there, obviously.
“Obviously we won 7-0 against Pompey during midweek, which was good. We’re just trying to maintain and keep that run going. I thought we could have done better [against Norwich], losing two-nil to them after a good performance against Pompey.”