Club captain Kelvin Davis says he’s relaxed about his current situation at Saints as he begins to think about what the future holds.
Despite making only one senior appearance so far this season, Davis remains an integral part of the Southampton dressing room and plays a supportive role for the goalkeeping department too.
After surpassing the 300 appearance mark for the club last season, Davis entered the final year of his contract knowing that he’d have to be patient for opportunities this term, but his enthusiasm for the club continues to burn brightly.
And with a testimonial match arranged and a book documenting his ten years at the club due out soon, SAINTS matchday magazine caught up with the shot stopper to see how his tenth year at the club has panned out.
It’s clear that Davis still yearns to play football, but he admits he’s had to look at other aspects in order to help the club continue its rapid development both on and off the pitch.
“Even since we came into the Premier League I wanted to get as many games at this level under my belt as I could, but at the same time I’ve always been quite realist and I understand,” he says of his reduced playing time.
“You have periods when you miss playing, I think that’s natural when you’ve played a lot of games, and that feeling of just catching a cross or making a save is something you have to be satisfied with doing in training and not in a game situation.
“Professional football is an elitist sport and you have to realise that as difficult as it is, you’re just not at that same point and you have to try and accept it. I feel that I’m fortunate enough to be at the right club to help me with that progress.”
While there are no firm plans in place for what Davis might do in the future, the imminent release of his book titled ‘SUPER’ about his time at Saints is sure to be a popular read.
The skipper, perhaps not jokingly, points it out as “the second book I’ve ever read”, but it promises to be a fascinating insight into the goalkeeper’s ten years at the club.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he says. “The irony is that I’m not a big book reader myself so to actually have a book out with my name on it feels slightly strange. It’s just a few stories of my experiences at the club and what’s made me the person I am now and why I hold the club so dear now.
“Hopefully there are also some funny stories along the way and it’s an opportunity to talk about what’s happened here and a celebration of the last ten years.”
Read the full interview with Kelvin Davis inside Sunday’s edition of SAINTS which is now available to purchase fromsaintsmatchdaymagazine.co.uk