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Jay: We'll Make Dejan Feel At Home


16:19 3rd July 2013

A year after arriving at Southampton himself, Jay Rodriguez says he will give new signing Dejan Lovren a warm welcome when he links up with the squad shortly.

Having played for his country this summer, the Croatian defender has been given an extended break and is due to begin pre-season training in the near future.

And Rodriguez – who started life in Hampshire a year ago having signed from his hometown club Burnley – says he's confident that the new boy will be immediately made to feel at home.

"It's nerve-wracking when you come to a new team, but the lads here made me feel really welcome," Jay reflected to Saints Player

"It was a good experience to meet a bunch of new players, and the way they welcomed me in was really nice. 

"I'm sure we'll do that again so it'll be a nice experience for him (Lovren) as well."

Rodriguez was back at Staplewood this morning for the first official day of the First Team's pre-season schedule.

And the 23-year-old says he's glad to be back in the thick of things after a six-week summer hiatus.

"It's come round really quickly, which is probably a good thing," he admitted.

"You do try to switch off, but you are waiting for when the fixtures come out.

"Towards the end [of the break] you start missing it and you want to get back, so we're glad to be here. Now we will work hard and hopefully have a good pre-season.

"As we saw last year, every game in the Premier League is really hard because it's the best league to be in. 

"As long as we look after ourselves in pre-season, I think that'll stand us in good stead."

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