From the Wessex League to the Premier League with Saints, we run down five facts about the club’s newest signing, Charlie Austin.
He is a former Wessex League star
Austin’s latest challenge might be to score goals on a regular basis on the south coast, but that is nothing new to him.
The forward is well known on the local non-league scene, having scored 64 times in 57 appearances for Wessex League side Poole Town.
Originally born in the Berkshire town of Hungerford, Austin joined Poole in 2008, after his family moved to Dorset.
So sensational was his form there that Swindon Town would sign him in 2009, seeing him jump all the way up to the third tier.
Charlie Austin celebrates scoring for Swindon in the 2010 League 1 play-off semi-final against Charlton (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
He used to work as a bricklayer
While playing on the non-league circuit, Austin supplemented his football by working as a bricklayer.
It is on the pitch, however, where he has gone on to build the more impressive career.
He has scored at least 17 goals in each season as a professional
Charlie Austin celebrates scoring for Burnley in an April 2012 Championship game at Doncaster (Paul Burrows/Action Images)
Austin’s career scoring record stands at an extremely impressive 130 goals in 244 games.
Throughout his time in the professional ranks, he has been a consistently prolific marksman.
His goals per season record reads as 20, 17, 17, 28, 20 and 18 – while he scored ten for QPR in the first half of this season.
His ability is well known to Saints too, having scored in five of his seven appearances against the club.
He partnered Jay Rodriguez at Burnley
Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin together during their Burnley days (Paul Currie/Action Images)
Austin and Rodriguez are now reunited at Saints, having played together at Turf Moor.
They were both present for the entirety of the Clarets’ 2011/12 campaign, scoring a combined 38 goals.
He has a tattoo that reads “Dream big. Impossible is nothing."
Charlie Austin during his time at QPR (Tony O'Brien/Action Images)
The slogan is written on one of Austin’s forearms.
Given his story, and what he has achieved during his career, it has been an appropriate motto for him to live by.