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Southampton youngster Ollie Cook comments on playing alongside Martin Caceres

Martin Caceres

Southampton's Martin Caceres has been playing for the under-23s.

Martin CaceresMartin Caceres

Southampton bolstered their squad earlier this season by signing Martin Caceres as a free agent.

The 30-year-old is yet to make his first team debut, instead playing for the under-23s to get his fitness up.

This has provided a new experience for members of Southampton's young side, with defensive partner Ollie Cook delighted to get the chance to learn from the former Juventus defender.

Speaking to the club website, the 19-year-old spoke highly of Caceres after their latest fixture, a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

He said: "It’s a great learning curve for me.

"It’s good to learn from players that have been there and done it at the very highest level.

"Also having the experience of learning how to work with a new player from a different country and with a slightly different football culture."

Martin Caceres in action for UruguayMartin Caceres in action for Uruguay

Even if Caceres does not make it into Southampton's first team during his spell at the club, it is positive for the Saints to see that his presence is having benefits in other areas.

Caceres has experience of playing at major international tournaments and is looking to rebuild his career after woeful luck with injuries. 

Young talent Ollie Cook has been a regular for Rahdi Jaidi's Southampton side this season, and is hoping to become the latest youngster to make the step up from the academy into the first team. 

Caceres might stand in his path temporarily, but it is clear Cook is feeling a benefit from the veteran's presence.

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