Southampton ace Cork happy to be away from Chelsea

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork is delighted he has been able to launch his career after leaving Chelsea.

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork is delighted he has been able to launch his career after leaving Chelsea.

Cork joined Chelsea as a talented eight-year-old but, after emerging through the club’s academy, he suddenly became the footballing equivalent of one of the Inbetweeners.

He told the People: “I was at Chelsea since I was a kid yet I became attached to Burnley when I was there and I never really felt like that about Chelsea.

“I always had Chelsea written alongside my name but I never really felt I could say that when people asked who I play for because I had never actually played for them.

“It was very weird. I’m one of their longest-serving players – who never actually played a game!

“I’ve played 150 times in senior football – but not one of those for Chelsea. It’s strange but I wouldn’t have swapped it. From my loan periods I learned about how to mix into groups and it has helped me mature a lot quicker than I would have otherwise.

“I was moving around a lot and I’d rent out a flat or stay in hotels. My girlfriend came with me up to Burnley and we enjoyed it.

“When we came down to Southampton we moved into a hotel but now we can look for somewhere to live that we can call home.”

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