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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis eager to get back into action with Southampton


Back in the groove: Steven Davis

Back in the groove: Steven Davis

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Back in the groove: Steven Davis

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis is eager to get back into the thick of the action with Southampton following his return to the club after Euro 2016.

Davis was back in training on Wednesday, having been given an extended break due to his involvement in France over the summer.

The midfielder was awarded a new three-year contract with the Saints, now managed by Claude Puel, on his return from the Euros, keeping Davis at St. Mary's until 2019.

Davis, who captained Northern Ireland to the knockout stages of their first major tournament since 1986, said he is excited to be back and can't wait to get going again.

"I feel like I had a decent little break after the tournament, which was well needed," the 31-year old said.

"I'm looking forward to hearing the new manager's ideas. Everybody's looking to impress, the boys have enjoyed the sessions so far - they said it's been tough, which you expect in pre-season, so let's get started!"

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Southampton's pre-season tour of Holland begins today with the Saints taking on PEC Zwolle, FC Twente and Groningen next week.

They begin their Premier League campaign two weeks later on August 13 against Watford at St. Mary's.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Davis admitted. "I would like to get into the games as soon as possible."

• Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long has signed a new four-year deal with Southampton. The deal will keep Long at St. Mary's until the summer of 2020.

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