New Under-18s coach Danny Butterfield says his playing days at Southampton left memories that will last a lifetime.
Butterfield helped the club to back-to-back promotions during his three-year spell between 2010 and 2013.
It was a fantastic time for the football club and having re-joined in a different capacity, Butterfield has been impressed by the way Saints have kicked on since.
He said “When I signed the end goal of getting to Premier League was set out and the day we accomplished that was a big day for the club.
“It’s gone from strength to strength and the ticking of the box of getting into the Premier League was something that will stay with me forever.”
The ethos established at the club means there are a number of familiar faces at Staplewood for Butterfield to get reacquainted with.
Former teammates Kelvin Davis and Radhi Jaidi from the League One promotion as well as captain José Fonte are included in that.
And that is something he feels the young players under his tutelage can aspire to.
He added: “We had a lot of success in a short period of time and that was the goal to begin with. To accomplish that as a squad of players was impressive but thoroughly enjoyable.
“It was a great dressing room to be a part of and there’s still individuals in that dressing room who I played with so I’m sure there is continuity.
“The club is pushing in the right direction and always looking forward.
“With it being an international break when I started, there is still a few people coming back who I’ve not seen yet like José.
“There are players who I played with who have progressed since I’ve not been at the club and it’s something the players I’m going to be working with can aspire to be.”