Steven Davis looking forward to 'tough' Puel training

Steven Davis celebrates scoring the first goal for Southampton

The Northern Ireland captain is back in training with Southampton after the Euro 2016.

Steven Davis celebrates scoring the first goal for SouthamptonReady for the new season: Steven Davis

Steven Davis has told Southampton's official YouTube channel that he is looking forward to getting back into training and experiencing new manager Claude Puel's 'tough' pre-season sessions.

The Northern Ireland captain has had an extended break following his country's heroic exploits at Euro 2016, where they miraculously made it out of the Group Stages.

Highlights included a 2-0 win over a respectable Ukraine side, and a commendable 1-0 defeat to World Champions Germany, however they were felled in the first knockout round by fellow overachievers Wales.

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in actionDavis captained Northern Ireland this summer

But Davis is now back at Southampton after his eventful summer, and he is looking forward to meeting and impressing the new manager, as well as taking part in what his teammates have described as 'tough' pre-season training.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the new manager's ideas," Davis said.

"It's always different when a new manager comes in, and seeing how they work and what they do.

"It's a good time for everybody, with everybody looking to impress. The boys have enjoyed the sessions so far but they've said its been tough which you'd expect in preseason so, let's get started today and I can tell you a bit more!"

Steven Davis scores the second goal for SouthamptonSteven Davis scores for Southampton

New Saints manager Claude Puel took over the helm at St Mary's following the Ronald Koeman's decision to abandon ship in favour of Everton.

Puel has already flirted with the transfer market this summer, with his first notable signing being former Bayern Munich youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, signed for over £12 million.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPuel took over from Ronald Koeman earlier this month

The former Nice manager has also acquired the services of England Under-21 international Nathan Redmond, who arrived at St Mary's five days before the Frenchman's appointment at the beginning of this month.

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