Monday 09 July 2012

Davis completes move to Southampton

Northern Ireland skipper leaves Rangers to sign three-year deal with St Mary's club

Steven Davis has played in the Barclays Premier League for Aston Villa and Fulham

Southampton have completed the signing of Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis on a three-year deal.

The Barclays Premier League newcomers have made the midfielder their second summer signing after striker Jay Rodriguez.

The 27-year-old Davis was Rangers captain and also has previous Barclays Premier League experience with Fulham and Aston Villa.

"He's at a good age and comes with a wealth of experience as well"
- Nigel Adkins

Davis said: "I'm delighted to get everything done and dusted and I'm looking forward to getting started.

"There was quite a bit of interest in me from other clubs but after speaking to the chairman and the manager I saw the level of ambition the club has shown.

"They've had a lot of success over the past couple of years to get to this stage and they don't want to stand still - they want to keep moving forward and that was a big thing for me."

Saints boss Nigel Adkins added: "The work the club has gone and done to make it happen is really promising for the future.

"Steven's an experienced player - a very talented football player who has played international football, captained his country, captained Rangers and played in the Premier League, so he's at a good age and comes with a wealth of experience as well."

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Key Points

  • Southampton sign Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis
  • Midfielder arrives on three-year-deal from Rangers
  • Has played in Barclays Premier League with Fulham and Aston Villa