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Puncheon puts problems behind him

SoccerNews in English Premier League 10 Dec 2012

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Southampton winger Jason Puncheon believes the problems between him and executive chairman Nicola Cortese are now firmly in the past.

Back in January, Puncheon’s future looked uncertain as he was cast out of the club’s first-team squad and forced to train with the reserves.

At the time, the 26-year-old insisted his exile was caused by Cortese rather than manager Nigel Adkins, but now he is convinced talks with the chairman have resolved any long-standing issues.

“Me and him had clear-the-air talks and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s all history,” Puncheon said.

“I am just pleased to get the chance to keep producing.

“It is all about growing and maturing as an adult and a player and I am doing that.”

Puncheon capped his recent career revival by firing the Saints to a 1-0 victory over Reading on Saturday, and afterwards paid tribute to Adkins for showing faith in him.

“The gaffer has given me a platform; given me a chance and I have grasped it with both hands,” he said.

“That is what has happened and that is why we are where we are. There are a lot of differences now. It is massive playing in the Premier League.

“I am getting the chance to play football, that is the most important thing as far as I am concerned.”

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