No reason Southampton can’t kick on next season, says Jay Rodriguez

The forward is also keen to remind fans what he can do after his lengthy injury lay-off.

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has told the club’s official website that there is no reason why they can’t kick on next season.

The Saints surprised everyone last term as they challenged towards the top end of the Premier League for the majority of the campaign, eventually qualifying for the Europa League.

That came despite them losing several first team stars during the summer, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Ricky Lambert all leaving the club.

Rodriguez, though, believes they are capable of remaining on an upward curve in 2015/16.

“Last season was great for the team and there’s no reason why we can’t kick on this year,” he said to

“Obviously we have the Europa League as well, which is something we can look forward to. But I think it will be a good season for us. We’ll work hard in pre-season to stand us in good stead for the campaign.”

The forward is naturally keen to be involved as much as possible next season, having missed the majority of the impressive campaign last year through injury.

He came back towards the end of the season, though, and says he is eager to get back on the pitch when the first pre-season games start, while he is also keen to remind the club’s supporters what he can do following his lengthy absence.

“Any game I’m more than excited to play,” he added.

“I’m very excited for the season. It’s something you just want to be part of. Obviously last year I missed out but I’m just looking forward now and hoping to improve on the year I had before that.”

Like a new signing

It is certainly fair to say that Rodriguez will be like a new signing for Southampton next season, having missed so much of the last campaign.

Before his injury the forward was in fine form and being linked with big-money moves to a number of clubs, while a call up to England’s World Cup squad looked a certainty.

Ronald Koeman and fans alike will be hoping that he can find that kind of form again, especially with the added pressure of the Europa League to take into account next season.

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