Captain's Log: The Pre-Season Drillhttp://e0.365dm.com/15/08/16-9/20/jose-fonte-southampton_3336733.jpg
- Saints Captain Jose Fonte has spoken exclusively to saintsfc.com about the coming season, and how the team are shaping up ahead of pre-season. Read on for the full interview
SFC: "Morning, Jose - What's it Like being back for Pre-Season this time around?"
JF: "Its amazing. Everyone loves a summer holiday, but it's good to be back amongst my team-mates and preparing for the new season."
SFC: "So what are your goals for the coming season? What are you aiming for?"
JF: "I think for me personally, i'm just aiming to get as much playing time under my belt as I possibly can. I'm not getting any younger, and I need to make sure i'm playing at the top of my game every week to keep my place. I'm aware that nobody is irreplaceable, and as Captain, the scrutiny is even higher on my performances - I need to lead by example and really get the boys focused on each game to ensure we do the best we can."
SFC: "What about as a team? Where are you aiming this season?"
JF: "I think as a team we want to do the very best we can for our fans. I don't think continental qualification is out of the question - if we're in that mix i'll be very happy. There are some great teams in this league who fight for European places every season; teams like Spurs, Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal...I could go on! We need to give 110% in every game, and fight until the end to make sure we get everything we can out of this season."
SFC: "Anyone we should be looking out for this season?"
JF: "I've been watching the guys in pre-season, and we've got some great players coming through just now Matthew Targett, our left back, is on fire in training just now. He's only 19, but he's ready for a big season I think. Harrison Reed as well, in midfield, is looking good in training, alongside James Ward-Prowse, who I think is ready to really make his mark on this league. I guess all our youngsters are ready to impress any-time. It's something this club has always been good at - we develop some incredible talent here, and it's good to see that finally paying off."
SFC: "We'll let you get back to training, Jose, thank you"