"I felt it was time to go and get my name in lights and to show what I can do.
"It was something of a personal challenge. I could have sat on the bench but I wanted to get out of the comfort zone."
He added: "I have come a long way from home but I have done it because I believe Southampton are a Premier League club.
"I believe I am a Premier league player and I want to stay and achieve that with Saints."