Pierre-Emile Højbjerg believes he is a better player after his first season in England.
The Danish international midfielder joined Southampton last year from Bayern Munich, making 35 appearances across all competitions for the club.
Speaking on the team's summer training camp in France, Højbjerg, 21, explained how he is confident he has grown as a player and that his experience of a first full pre-season with the side will stand him in good stead for the 2017/18 campaign.
"I came two weeks into the pre-season last year," he said. "To be here from scratch is always a more comfortable situation human-wise, but a pre-season is a pre-season and you need to stay fit, be concentrated and you need to work hard, but I am enjoying it.
"Last season was, let me say, one hell of a ride, and I really enjoyed it – good and bad ways.
"But, most important, I learned and became a better person and a better football player and that, at the end of the day, as a footballer and a sportsperson is where you want to go – to improve year by year.
"In the end where it takes you nobody knows, but you've got to do the work and take the steps."