Ex-Southampton midfielder Griffit eyeing successful season with Columbus Crew

Former Southampton and Crystal Palace midfielder Leandre Griffit is looking to improve his performances with Columbus Crew this season.

Former Southampton and Crystal Palace midfielder Leandre Griffit is looking to improve his performances with Columbus Crew this season.

The 26-year old Frenchman was re-signed to the club despite appearing just three times in 2010 (plus a handful of CONCACAF Champions League games), and is looking to turn back the clock to his Premier League days with the Saints.

“We talked during Christmas time and I knew before vacation I was going to be back,” Griffit said. “I had to decide and I said I am going to have a break because I did not have any vacation for two years. For me, it was a tough year, too.

“Everybody knows what I did when I played (in the few Crew games),” he added. “I am an experienced player. I played in the Premier League, so it was tough for me when you’re 25, 26 years old and you’re not playing like it was a lack of trust.”

And Griffit, who also counts Amiens, Leeds, Rotherham, Elfsborg, Norrkoping and URS centre as clubs he has played for professionally, is confident he can be a key contributor for Columbus this season provided he remains fully fit.

“This year is a different season, a new spirit and new young players,” he said. “There’s a new atmosphere. Everything is changing now. I am happy to be a part of it. I know I can score goals. I add something different from the players here. I just need to play and be fit and my game will improve.”

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