"I knew I wanted to come here because of the staff. I knew the Manager and what a good job he did with the Irish squad, and I know he can do that here. Obviously bringing in some of the other players like Aaron Hughes, David Healy and Steven Davis was always going to help me too. "It's not too far from Southampton, which is good for my wife and daughter because she has family there, so I knew it was the Club for me. And now I've come here, I know I've made the right choice.
"Everyone is fantastic, they make you very welcome and it's the same for the rest of the boys. We're having a laugh, but we're training properly and I think we've gelled together well in the pre-season games we've played. We had a good time in Hong Kong and that was a good bonding session for everyone. Everything is fantastic for me at the minute, I couldn't be happier."