Southampton midfielder Cork grateful for Chelsea grounding

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork is grateful for his grounding with Chelsea.

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork is grateful for his grounding with Chelsea.

Cork spent 14 years at the Bridge before joining Saints at the start of last season but never played a first-team game.

Cork said: “Chelsea was massive for me and from the age of eight it was my dream to play for them. It was frustrating towards the end but I loved it when I was there.

“We had a good set of young players who have all gone on to play a high standard. That was when Chelsea were doing well and winning titles — so I can understand why nobody was given a chance.

“With the managers chopping and changing there is always a lot of pressure on them to win games, so it’s tough to blood youngsters.”

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