Cork happy to still be a Saint

Jack Cork

Jack Cork

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Jack Cork says that Saints’ refusal to sell him in January has given him confidence that he remains part of the club’s future plans.

The midfielder was the subject of interest from Swansea towards the end of the January window, but Saints rejected the Welsh club’s advances.

“I think it all happened quite late in the transfer window and I didn't really know much about it,” said Cork.

“The first thing I sort of heard about it was the manager saying 'he is not going anywhere'.

“Nothing really more happened and it was nice to hear the manager say he didn't want me to go and was not for sale.

“It gave me a little bit of confidence that I would be a good part of his plans.”

Earlier in the season, though, Cork had not been sure where he would fit into the picture at St Mary’s, having lost his place in the team to Victor Wanyama.

While he was keen to stay last month, the 24-year-old admitted that he might have been willing to look at a move had the option been available at a different time.

“I think if you had asked me the same question earlier in the season, I might have said something different because, obviously, Victor came in and I wasn't playing as many games as I would like to have been playing at the start of the season,” he said.

“Obviously, that changed in November or December time, playing a lot more games, and I think it showed that I still had a part to play in the squad and in the team.

“Hopefully if I can keep the form going, I can still have a big part to play in the team. I will see what happens in the future and towards the end of the season.”

While Cork stayed at St Mary’s last month, there was one high-profile exit from the club, with record-signing Dani Osvaldo joining Juventus on loan.

That move followed the striker’s alleged headbutt on teammate José Fonte in training.

While Cork offered no bad words about Osvaldo, he did agree that it was probably best for all concerned that he made the loan switch.

“I think so. We've got such a tight group of players and everyone gets along really well,” said Cork.

“I mean, Dani was a really good lad as well. I am not really too sure what happened with the whole situation - I think that’s between some other lads in the club.

“We’ve got such a good group here and I don’t think anyone wanted to upset the bond we had.

“It was just one of those things. It wasn’t anyone’s decision apart from the manager or someone higher. They made their decision and he has made his move.”

Asked whether the players didn’t think that Osvaldo could come back following the training ground incident, Cork said: “No, I wouldn't say that. I’ve had arguments with lots of players on the training ground.

“Obviously, I’ve not done anything physical to other lads, but sometimes people can make-up and get over it and sometimes they can’t.

“Arguments is just football and everything really. It is just one of those things and I think Dani must’ve had a few talks with people.

“It wasn't anyone saying that we wanted him to go or anything, because I really got on with him, and I know a few of the lads really got on with him.

“It must have just have been something they talked about and decided that was best.”

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12:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Great news for stability in a strong team , that has options and cover.
COYR And Thanks J.C. for your service so far .
Great news for stability in a strong team , that has options and cover. COYR And Thanks J.C. for your service so far . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 22

1:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hedge end bob says...

Jack all the fans i have talked to have said there is a place for you at SOUTHAMPTON. Your performances since you have been back playing have been many times MOTM , IMO. The same happened last season , 99% of the fan base hope you don't go now or in the near future. Many thanks for staying a SAINT.
Show us again tomorrow what we would miss if you were gone. Chelsea's lose our gain, enough said. COYR's
Jack all the fans i have talked to have said there is a place for you at SOUTHAMPTON. Your performances since you have been back playing have been many times MOTM , IMO. The same happened last season , 99% of the fan base hope you don't go now or in the near future. Many thanks for staying a SAINT. Show us again tomorrow what we would miss if you were gone. Chelsea's lose our gain, enough said. COYR's hedge end bob
  • Score: 32

1:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

North Wales Saint says...

Why would we want to sell one of the best defensive midfielders in the premiership to one of our rivals?
Why would we want to sell one of the best defensive midfielders in the premiership to one of our rivals? North Wales Saint
  • Score: 37

1:19pm Fri 7 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Great news for stability in a strong team , that has options and cover.
COYR And Thanks J.C. for your service so far .
Great news indeed! Jack Cork is very good for Saints and Saints are very good for Jack Cork. Jack is very much needed in the Saints squad, as is Victor Wanyama. They are different players, with different abilities, all required in the Premiership. The great thing is that Saints have both players and can use them both as required. That is not a dilemma. It is a blessing! There must be plenty of rival teams that want Jack or Victor. They're ours!
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Great news for stability in a strong team , that has options and cover. COYR And Thanks J.C. for your service so far .[/p][/quote]Great news indeed! Jack Cork is very good for Saints and Saints are very good for Jack Cork. Jack is very much needed in the Saints squad, as is Victor Wanyama. They are different players, with different abilities, all required in the Premiership. The great thing is that Saints have both players and can use them both as required. That is not a dilemma. It is a blessing! There must be plenty of rival teams that want Jack or Victor. They're ours! justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 23

1:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

callcopse says...

A nationally unsung hero of epic proportions - Jack, don't leave us! Lalla may get the headlines but Corky's the one behind our best play.
A nationally unsung hero of epic proportions - Jack, don't leave us! Lalla may get the headlines but Corky's the one behind our best play. callcopse
  • Score: 22

2:59pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Wembley76 says...

One of our most consistent and effective players for the past few seasons...should be the first or second on the team sheet...when he plays we play better....should also be considered for a full England place...incredibly underrated
One of our most consistent and effective players for the past few seasons...should be the first or second on the team sheet...when he plays we play better....should also be considered for a full England place...incredibly underrated Wembley76
  • Score: 15

3:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

peregrine73 says...

His time will come,if he continues in the form of lately,then international honours will follow.He has to start on Saturday,anything less would be an insult . Tough game ahead as Stoke are coming into some form,maybe a goal either way will decide the three points.
His time will come,if he continues in the form of lately,then international honours will follow.He has to start on Saturday,anything less would be an insult . Tough game ahead as Stoke are coming into some form,maybe a goal either way will decide the three points. peregrine73
  • Score: 10

4:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

NEW CONTRACT FOR JACK CORK.

SIGN HIM UP.

SIGN
HIM
UP.

RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY.
NEW CONTRACT FOR JACK CORK. SIGN HIM UP. SIGN HIM UP. RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 11

5:03pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Alicesdad says...

The Osvaldo rumpus is over. I thought Osvaldo made a mistake, it happens, and I also thought Fonte went a step too far with the photo on Twatter but never mind. It's behind us now. Facebook and Twatter are the tools of Satan so we should ignore them.

Nobody should look any further than these threads for comment. Everyone knows that the Echo threads are the home of well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee. This is the site that Osvaldo looked at nearly every hour on the hour. This is where MoPo looks first, before asking his interpreter what it all means.
This is where Gordon Watson and MLT look to see if anyone gives a t*ss what they think.

Anyway .... I am just glad that Cork has stayed. This is still an extremely dangerous team who could beat anyone when at full strength. Cork should be part of that. My regular readers will know that I had Corlk as my player of the year last season... so no bias then.

Bon-weekend a tous. A lundi.....
The Osvaldo rumpus is over. I thought Osvaldo made a mistake, it happens, and I also thought Fonte went a step too far with the photo on Twatter but never mind. It's behind us now. Facebook and Twatter are the tools of Satan so we should ignore them. Nobody should look any further than these threads for comment. Everyone knows that the Echo threads are the home of well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee. This is the site that Osvaldo looked at nearly every hour on the hour. This is where MoPo looks first, before asking his interpreter what it all means. This is where Gordon Watson and MLT look to see if anyone gives a t*ss what they think. Anyway .... I am just glad that Cork has stayed. This is still an extremely dangerous team who could beat anyone when at full strength. Cork should be part of that. My regular readers will know that I had Corlk as my player of the year last season... so no bias then. Bon-weekend a tous. A lundi..... Alicesdad
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Alicesdad wrote:
The Osvaldo rumpus is over. I thought Osvaldo made a mistake, it happens, and I also thought Fonte went a step too far with the photo on Twatter but never mind. It's behind us now. Facebook and Twatter are the tools of Satan so we should ignore them.

Nobody should look any further than these threads for comment. Everyone knows that the Echo threads are the home of well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee. This is the site that Osvaldo looked at nearly every hour on the hour. This is where MoPo looks first, before asking his interpreter what it all means.
This is where Gordon Watson and MLT look to see if anyone gives a t*ss what they think.

Anyway .... I am just glad that Cork has stayed. This is still an extremely dangerous team who could beat anyone when at full strength. Cork should be part of that. My regular readers will know that I had Corlk as my player of the year last season... so no bias then.

Bon-weekend a tous. A lundi.....
Oooo, get you with your langue française, AD.

Anyway, stuff all that well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee, I wouldn't come on here if it wasn't for the opportunity to mix with other total loonies like .......... (you don't think I'd actually name them, do you?)

Anyway, a hatrick from Jack tomorrow and the weekend will indeed be sweet.

P.S. For the record, regarding that hyphen you've added in your French, just to be different and because they don't really know any better, the French stick the hyphen into the middle of weekend, so it is:
'bon week-end'.

Allez les rouges puissants (avec une petite touche de blanc) .... or something like that!
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: The Osvaldo rumpus is over. I thought Osvaldo made a mistake, it happens, and I also thought Fonte went a step too far with the photo on Twatter but never mind. It's behind us now. Facebook and Twatter are the tools of Satan so we should ignore them. Nobody should look any further than these threads for comment. Everyone knows that the Echo threads are the home of well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee. This is the site that Osvaldo looked at nearly every hour on the hour. This is where MoPo looks first, before asking his interpreter what it all means. This is where Gordon Watson and MLT look to see if anyone gives a t*ss what they think. Anyway .... I am just glad that Cork has stayed. This is still an extremely dangerous team who could beat anyone when at full strength. Cork should be part of that. My regular readers will know that I had Corlk as my player of the year last season... so no bias then. Bon-weekend a tous. A lundi.....[/p][/quote]Oooo, get you with your langue française, AD. Anyway, stuff all that well balanced, even handed, moderate, sensible and overwhelmingly accurate opinion and repartee, I wouldn't come on here if it wasn't for the opportunity to mix with other total loonies like .......... (you don't think I'd actually name them, do you?) Anyway, a hatrick from Jack tomorrow and the weekend will indeed be sweet. P.S. For the record, regarding that hyphen you've added in your French, just to be different and because they don't really know any better, the French stick the hyphen into the middle of weekend, so it is: 'bon week-end'. Allez les rouges puissants (avec une petite touche de blanc) .... or something like that! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Fri 7 Feb 14

lowe esteem says...

Good players do grow on trees.
Good players do grow on trees. lowe esteem
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

saintbobby says...

Jack, if anyone is popular they usually deserve it. You are popular and admired - and you DESERVE it!
Jack, if anyone is popular they usually deserve it. You are popular and admired - and you DESERVE it! saintbobby
  • Score: 1

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