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Watson had no hesitations over signing new contract

Goalkeeping coach Dave Watson has revealed that he had no hesitations over signing a new contract with the club.

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Southampton's goalkeeping coach Dave Watson has revealed that he had no hesitations over signing a new contract with the club.

Watson joined the club two years ago and he has put pen to paper on a new deal that will see him take on the role of Head of Goalkeeping.

Watson was delighted to sign a new deal and is keen to repay the loyalty the club have shown in him.

He said: "I’m delighted that the club wanted to offer me a new contract. I had no hesitation in signing that. The club have been very good to me and given me a fantastic opportunity.

"They made a lot of effort to get me to the club two years ago and I had no hesitation in repaying that loyalty for the opportunity that they’ve given me."

As part of his new role, Watson will continue his duties with the first team's goalkeepers but will also oversee the work carried out across all levels at the club.

The 42-year-old believes that his new role will allow the club to continue the tradition of developing young players.

"The main criteria is overseeing the senior department. We’ve got fantastic coaches in Vince Bartram and Ryan Flood who work underneath that.

"It’s making sure we try and have a conveyor belt of talent coming through that’s ready then to come and work with me and challenge to get into the first team, and making sure that they have the resources to improve the work that they’re doing which has been of a really high standard already."

Watson added: "The reality is that only one guy can play. But if they’re going to bring the best out of each other then they’re going to train well together as a group.

"The main thing for me is that everyone has improved."