Jason Puncheon told Fantasy Football Club he's happy at Southampton
Jason Puncheon told The Fantasy Football Club about his improved attitude and Saints' survival hopes.
Last Updated: 23/03/13 3:16pm
The winger's future with the South Coast club was uncertain 14 months ago, with Puncheon tweeting his displeasure with chairman Nicola Cortese and his first team opportunities seemingly limited.
However, the 26-year-old has been a stand out performer in the Premier League this season and has just put pen to paper on a new contract with Saints which runs until 2016.
He told Fenners and Merse about his troubled time at the club - and how he turned his fortunes round.
"I didn't envisage this happening 14 months ago but the club gave me another chance and I believe I've taken that.
"I lost my head as a professional. As soon as I sent the tweet I knew I was going to be in trouble. I went into a meeting with the chairman, the manager and the top people at the club. He told me I was going to be punished but the next day I was training with the first team.
"The penny had to drop. One thing that has changed is my mentality and my attitude. That's shown with my football and now I'm just a little boy living his dream."
And Puncheon had praise for boss Mauricio Pochettino who joined the club in January after Nigel Adkins was sacked.
"The manager has installed some more belief, in addition to what we had already," he said.
"He's also installed the high pressing game, which I think works really well for us. He's really big on mentality while you're training and emulating what you do on the training field on the pitch.
"We're more than confident we can stay up this season and hopefully we can get as high up the league as possible."