Adkins' Davis coup delight
Nigel Adkins claims Steven Davis is 'at a good age' and boasts 'a wealth of experience' after he joined Southampton from Rangers.
The Saints chief spoke out after snapping up the 27-year-old Northern Ireland international captain from the Glasgow outfit after he became the latest player to reject a transfer to the newco club which will start next season outside of the Scottish Premier League League.
Former Aston Villa man, Davis, who joined the Gers from Fulham in 2008 signed a three-year contract at St Mary's and Adkins is delighted to capture the midfielder.
"It's very good and I'm very pleased," he said. "Obviously 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.
"We work very hard behind the scenes and we're delighted that the football club has managed to secure his services."
Davis added on the club's website: "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.
"Now I'm just looking forward to getting down, getting to know the boys and getting started."
Davis and fellow new signing Jay Rodriguez are set to be joined at St Mary's by defender Alexander Buttner after Vitesse Arnhem announced they have agreed a deal with Saints over his transfer.