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​Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: I don't want academy tag

James Ward-Prowse wants to be known as more than just an academy boy.

The Southampton central midfielder has made waves with recent performances, even earning talk of an England call up.

And now he wants to become a mainstay in the team, someone who is known for his great performances, not just the fact they came through the academy.

"Having come through the academy at Southampton I have always been known as the academy boy, the way to go," Ward-Prowse said to reporters.

"Since the new manager at Southampton came in, he mentioned a few things I needed to change, and I took that on board.

"I want to get away from that perception of the Southampton academy boy. That's not what I want to be anymore.

"He [Hasenhuttl] told me to be a bit more aggressive, to try and stamp my authority a bit more on what's going on, so it was a good conversation I had, and I respected the way he approached me with that.

"I have the utmost respect for him. He told me my strengths, my weaknesses and I feel I have benefited from that."

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