Former skipper backs Saints' survival fight

Dean Hammond

Dean Hammond

First published in Sport

Dean Hammond believes Saints will flourish in the Premier League now that they have finally ignited their season.

Sunday’s 2-0 win against Newcastle made it back-to-back victories for the top-flight newcomers and moved them out of the relegation zone.

Hammond, who is on a season-long loan at Brighton, was thrilled to see his St Mary’s teammates start heading in the right direction.

“I have seen the highlights against Newcastle and spoken to a couple of the lads,” he said.

“They were fantastic and that is what they can produce. They have got a really good team with really good players.

flourish “I think like any promoted team going up they just needed to maybe adapt to the league and they are doing that now. I think with time they will really flourish.”

Hammond is under contract at Saints until 2014, but admitted he opted to leave on loan in August as he saw little future at the club. The 29-year-old is, however, hoping to make it back into the top flight with the Seagulls.

“I played a lot of games at Southampton in the previous two seasons when we got promoted,” he said.

“I captained the team and went back pre-season with excitement to try and get into the team to play in the Premier League.

“Unfortunately it didn’t happen. They invested a lot. Competition for places at the club was always high and I kind of realised during pre-season that I wasn’t involved in as many games as I thought I would be.

“I made a conscious decision. I spoke to the manager and chairman and we had a conversation about things.

“I obviously wasn’t going to be involved as much as I would like and I just asked if I could go out and play football.

“It was a difficult decision, because you always want to try to play in the Premier League and test yourself at that level.

“I want to play and when I knew Brighton were interested I jumped at the chance. It’s a great club and we’ve got a great chance of doing something this season.”

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8:48am Tue 27 Nov 12

Barcelona Saint says...

Good servant in his years here. I would still have liked to have see him have a go with Saints in PL. He's got that doggedness about him.

COYR tomorrow. Another 3 points pls, we are on a roll!
Good servant in his years here. I would still have liked to have see him have a go with Saints in PL. He's got that doggedness about him. COYR tomorrow. Another 3 points pls, we are on a roll! Barcelona Saint
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8:57am Tue 27 Nov 12

Rising_Son says...

Barcelona Saint wrote:
Good servant in his years here. I would still have liked to have see him have a go with Saints in PL. He's got that doggedness about him.

COYR tomorrow. Another 3 points pls, we are on a roll!
He obviously saw the writing on the wall and wanted to play football, not sit on the bench. Honourable bloke. He has my gratitude for his contribution to our promotions.
[quote][p][bold]Barcelona Saint[/bold] wrote: Good servant in his years here. I would still have liked to have see him have a go with Saints in PL. He's got that doggedness about him. COYR tomorrow. Another 3 points pls, we are on a roll![/p][/quote]He obviously saw the writing on the wall and wanted to play football, not sit on the bench. Honourable bloke. He has my gratitude for his contribution to our promotions. Rising_Son
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9:53am Tue 27 Nov 12

Red n White says...

Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.
Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder. Red n White
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12:53pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Matt Le God says...

Red n White wrote:
Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.
Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points
[quote][p][bold]Red n White[/bold] wrote: Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.[/p][/quote]Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points Matt Le God
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12:54pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Matt Le God says...

Red n White wrote:
Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.
Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points
[quote][p][bold]Red n White[/bold] wrote: Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.[/p][/quote]Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points Matt Le God
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12:54pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Matt Le God says...

Red n White wrote:
Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.
Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points
[quote][p][bold]Red n White[/bold] wrote: Could have been useful at the start of the season with Cork injured as we were missing a more holding midfielder.[/p][/quote]Spot on fella; couldnt agree with you more. Could have made enough difference in that position to at least have secured a few more points Matt Le God
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12:57pm Tue 27 Nov 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

A great servant for the saints.lets hope he helps Brighton get promoted to the premiership aND NEXT SEASON THERE WILL BE A SOUTH COAST PREMIERSHIP DERBY.6 POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON THEIR QUEST FOR EUROPEAN FOOTBALL.
A great servant for the saints.lets hope he helps Brighton get promoted to the premiership aND NEXT SEASON THERE WILL BE A SOUTH COAST PREMIERSHIP DERBY.6 POINTS FOR THE SAINTS ON THEIR QUEST FOR EUROPEAN FOOTBALL. CB FRY LIVES
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8:34pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

Good man & good player.

Thanks for your valued contribution to our rise from the depths of League 1.

Look forward to seeing you back at SMS with B&HA next season.
Good man & good player. Thanks for your valued contribution to our rise from the depths of League 1. Look forward to seeing you back at SMS with B&HA next season. Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
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8:51pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Corkonian Saint says...

Top man Deano, played his part to get us into the prem
Top man Deano, played his part to get us into the prem Corkonian Saint
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10:32pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

He scored tonight. Good luck to him.
He scored tonight. Good luck to him. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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