Having signed a new four-year contract extension, Sam Gallagher now cannot wait to kick-start the 2017/18 season.
The striker, who has been with Saints since he was 16, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with the club.
“I am absolutely delighted to sign this new contract,” started Gallagher.
“Especially to get it all done and dusted before the start of the season because I can really get my head down and focus now on the year ahead.
“This contract shows the belief that the club have in me and I need to prove that now, which is what I am hoping to do in pre-season.”
i thank blackburn a lot for last season. it helped me grow as a person and a player.sam gallagher
The 21-year-old striker spent last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers, where he netted 12 goals in all competitions.
And although Rovers suffered relegation from the Championship, Gallagher believes the time he spent at Ewood Park was invaluable.
“It was definitely a big season for me,” he continued.
“I knew that before I went into it. I was delighted to go to such a big club and somewhere that had such a good training ground and facilities.
“I scored a few goals early on which really helped me out and gave me the confidence to settle down – the fans really helped me as well.
“I definitely thank Blackburn a lot for last season. It has helped me grow both as a person and a player. It’s a club that I have massive respect for.”