Harrison Reed is hoping to push his way into Claude Puel’s first-team, having now signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Southampton.
21-year-old Reed has made just four first-team appearances so far this season - a number the midfielder is determined to increase.
“My aim now is to get more game time,” he started.
“We are going on a good cup run at the moment, so hopefully if I keep working hard in training I can get in the team for that semi final against Liverpool.
“Hopefully I can also get more minutes in the Premier League, but at the moment I just want to keep working hard so that the manager knows I am ready if he needs me.
“I’ve learned that you never know when your chance is going to come. It could be just around the corner, so you need to always be ready.”
Despite his lack of game time so far this term, Reed was full of praise for the methods of his new boss.
The midfielder explained that French manager was a major factor in him wanting to commit his long-term future to Saints.
“It’s been great under him,” Reed continued.
“Since he came in the door it was obvious that he wanted to give everyone an opportunity and that everyone started from a clean slate.
“I really like his training style because there is lots of tactical stuff as well as the technical side of it, which is everything you need to work on.
“It’s been really good and I am enjoying my time here, that’s why I’ve signed a new contract - I am looking forward to pushing on under him."