Cork has no regrets over Saints move

Daily Echo: Cork has no regrets over Saints move Cork has no regrets over Saints move

Jack Cork admits he has no regrets about swapping European champions Chelsea for Saints’ Championship charge last season – and he believes he can round off an unforgettable year with Olympic gold.

The 23-year-old midfielder was stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to force his way into the Stamford Bridge first team since breaking through their academy ranks in 2006.

Shipped out on loan far and wide, from Bournemouth to Burnley, the England Under-21 international has finally found home under Nigel Adkins ’ wing at St Mary’s.

He was the only member of Adkins’ squad who played every game of the Saints’ second successive promotion push last season.

And after making it into Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad for London 2012, the Carshalton-born star – who won England under-21 caps under Pearce’s management – can hardly believe his luck.

“It’s been a great season for me,” said Cork, who hopes to figure in Team GB’s warm-up friendly against Brazil in Middlesbrough tonight.

“It was a tough choice about what to do – whether to leave Chelsea or not and where would be the right place.

“But to have a successful season at Southampton and get promoted and then to top it off with an Olympic call was a great year and one I’ll never forget.

“I’m really looking forward to the Games. I hope we can have a successful team – I don’t think we’d be here to just be a part of the Games, we’re here to achieve something as well.

“That’s what the manager shares as well and hopefully we can do something good.”

Cork has been with the squad for a week, training alongside the likes of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and the Southampton ace revealed the experience has been everything he expected.

“It has been immense,” he added.

“We have had a great week and it couldn’t have gone any better really.

We needed to train hard and gel as quickly as possible and we have done just that.

“It has been amazing, not just for me, but for everyone else as well.”

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2:43pm Fri 20 Jul 12

mbetts says...

He took a punt on regular football over the odd turn on the bench at Chelsea, respect for that, many more high profile players choose to sit around in the reserves or as benchwarmers and waste their short careers.
He took a punt on regular football over the odd turn on the bench at Chelsea, respect for that, many more high profile players choose to sit around in the reserves or as benchwarmers and waste their short careers. mbetts
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4:26pm Fri 20 Jul 12

RisingSon says...

'm glad he came.
'm glad he came. RisingSon
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8:37pm Fri 20 Jul 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

If he was still at Chelsea he would have probably got a start tonight, the English Olympic Team playing Brazil in a friendly, 2 0 down at half time and not looking good at all.
If he was still at Chelsea he would have probably got a start tonight, the English Olympic Team playing Brazil in a friendly, 2 0 down at half time and not looking good at all. OSPREYSAINT
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5:10pm Sat 21 Jul 12

saintdave1976 says...

mbetts wrote:
He took a punt on regular football over the odd turn on the bench at Chelsea, respect for that, many more high profile players choose to sit around in the reserves or as benchwarmers and waste their short careers.
Well said! GB were a lot better second half so well done jack!
[quote][p][bold]mbetts[/bold] wrote: He took a punt on regular football over the odd turn on the bench at Chelsea, respect for that, many more high profile players choose to sit around in the reserves or as benchwarmers and waste their short careers.[/p][/quote]Well said! GB were a lot better second half so well done jack! saintdave1976
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