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Saints capture Davis from Rangers

Southampton have signed former Glasgow Rangers midfielder Steven Davis on a three-year contract.

Northern Ireland international Davis was among those Rangers players who declined the opportunity to transfer their existing contract from the soon-to-be-liquidated institution to its newco successor.

Davis, 27, made his professional debut with English Premier League club Aston Villa in 2004, joining Fulham in July 2007 and Rangers six months later, initially on loan.

He cited Southampton’s facilities and manager Nigel Adkins as the reason for his decision to make the free transfer switch to St Mary’s Stadium.

Davis told club’s website: “I’m delighted to get everything done and dusted, and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

“There was quite a bit of interest in me from other clubs but, after speaking to the chairman and the manager, I saw the level of ambition the club has shown.

“They’ve had a lot of success over the past couple of years to get to this stage, and they don’t want to stand still – they want to keep moving forward, and that was a big thing for me.

“Now I’m just looking forward to getting down, getting to know the boys and getting started.”

Adkins is delighted to have sealed the deal and hopes Davis’ experience can help guide Southampton to English Premier League safety following their return to the top flight as Championship winners.

“It’s very good and I’m very pleased,” he said.

“Obviously the work the club has gone and done to make it happen is really promising for the future. Steven’s an experienced player – a very talented football player who has played international football, captained his country, captained Rangers, and played in the Premier League.

“He’s at a good age and comes with a wealth of experience as well.

“We work very hard behind the scenes and we’re delighted that the football club has managed to secure his services.”

Davis has earned 51 caps for Northern Ireland since making his debut in 2005, earning the captaincy the first time in September 2006.

Sat 7 July, 2012
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