Davis says timing of signing new contract speaks volumes about Southampton

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis attends a news conference

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has committed his future to the Saints by signing a new three year contract

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis attends a news conferenceNorthern Ireland's Steven Davis at a news conference

Steven Davis has told Southampton's club website that it was an easy decision to renew his contract at St Mary's, and despite the Saints not having a manager, signing an extension ‘shows the faith I have in the club to make the right decision’.

The Northern Ireland captain has been a part of the set-up at St Mary’s ever since their return to the Premier League under Nigel Adkins in 2012.

He has made over a 130 appearances for the Saints ever since heading south from Rangers, and has scored 9 league goals, the first of which came on his debut against Manchester City in a game the Saints lost 3-2.

Southampton's Steven Davis in action with Manchester City's Raheem SterlingSouthampton's Steven Davis in action with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

And he believes the club is the perfect for him and his style of play.

“As much as the club's been a good match for me I feel that I've been a good match for the club as well, so I'm delighted to commit my future.

“It was an easy decision for me to commit for the longer term. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I feel I've continued to learn there and continued to progress and I feel the style that the club demands is well suited to my game and myself and I've just thoroughly enjoyed my time there, so it was an easy decision.

New manager Ronald Koeman poses with a Everton jersey after the press conferenceRonald Koeman has left Southampton for Everton

“It's probably not the most normal situation to be in, to be extending your deal when there isn't a manager in place at the current time, but I think that just shows the faith I have in the club to make the right decisions and bring in the right person to keep pushing the club forward.”

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in actionNorthern Ireland's Steven Davis in action against Poland

Davis is currently representing Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 in France, and Michael O’Neill’s side are continuing to perform against the odds, underlined by a stunning 2-0 win over Ukraine on Thursday.

The Northern Irishmen face Germany in their final group game on Tuesday, and they will be hoping they can take something from the game in order to boost their hopes of qualifying for the next round.

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