Danny Ings reckons he “couldn’t be happier” after making his debut for his boyhood club Southampton against Burnley on Sunday.
Saints signed Ings on loan from Liverpool, ahead of a full transfer next summer, on deadline day.
While Ings’ debut didn’t end in victory over his former club Burnley, the striker was pleased to make his first appearance in Saints’ red and white stripes, as well as the raucous reception he received from his fellow Southampton fans in attendance at St. Mary’s.
“It was fantastic,” Ings said [H/T Southampton OS]. “I was itching to get on, from warming up on the side, and to get the reception I got coming on was great.
“Having the club and the support behind me like that is incredible and I appreciate it a lot.
“I was frustrated not to win the game, but I thought we really grew into it in the second half and created a lot of chances.
“Overall, we’re ok with that performance, we just need to build on it now.
“I’ve had two or three years of terrible luck and frustration really, so to come here, be free and play my football – I couldn’t be happier, or have a better club for me right now in my career.
“I’m extremely grateful and I can’t wait to move forward with the club.”