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    joelster wrote:
    Baddesley Bill wrote:
    costa gaz wrote:
    This only my opinion and I don't want to upset all the KD fans, but he is not good enough for the premier league.
    This is a tough league and mistakes will be punished.
    In lg1/championship we could recover from a mistake or 2, it'll much more difficult in this league..... imho
    If football pros were chosen on loyalty alone....KD would be everybody's choice for the No1 shirt. Personally, I think he has earned his right through shear talent (he had a great season last year). There is little doubt that we need someone in to challenge and eventually take the shirt off him though.
    I have to say- I agree with first posting. While I am the first to say "thanks" KD for being the best in League 1 and Championship, he's simply not going to be able to handle the "pace" of the premier.
    I am actually a huge fan of KD, so this has nothing to do with that and I think people should learn to separate the two.
    But this is not about "appreciation" its about "talent" and particularly "speed and mistakes"!
    When it comes to the sheer speed of the ball in the premier league the GK's have to be very fast and KD is not. When he was in this division last they called him "Calamity Kelv" Do we think adding 5 years of age will help that?
    This is not a dis on him cause I actually think he is great and has been perhaps one of our best 3 performers over the last few years but I just think that Nigel knows this is 'one step too many'!
    Sorry you feel that way Joelster. Who ever comes in Kelv will get his day to show his worth. He's a loyal dedicated man who's trained hard and has the respect of the players. It's the other managers who voted best in the league and championship.
    It'll take a proven top keeper to take away starts from Kelv. not an unproven kid or lower half prem player.
    I think the last few years have improved the man out of sight. We'll differ on this one. Good Luck Kelvin."
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New keeper be warned: Kelv won't go without a fight

Kelvin Davis

Kelvin Davis

First published in Saints News

Kelvin Davis has pledged to fight for his place, despite Saints’ intentions to sign at least one new keeper this summer.

The 35-year-old moved to St Mary’s six years ago and has been with the club as they dropped down to the third tier, before enjoying back-to-back promotions into the Premier League.

Davis has been named in the PFA team of the season for three successive years – twice in the League One XI and once in the Championship’s – but his place is now under threat.

Saints have already had a £6m bid for Birmingham’s Jack Butland rejected, and Nigel Adkins has now admitted they plan to sign one, and possibly two, new keepers before the transfer window shuts.

But Davis insists he is not feeling sore about the club’s search for new blood in his position.

“I’d like to think if there is something I see or a bit of advice I can give (to a rival), I would let them know if I thought they’d accept it,” he said.

“I am not too long in the tooth to accept a bit of criticism or help. I’m all for that.

“I think you’ll find with most goalkeepers – and I say most – the case is there is a good team spirit and I am all for that goalkeepers’ union.

“I am a big believer that you train as well as you can and you reach the standard that is your best possible.

“If that is not good enough to get you in the team, then so be it and good luck to the other guy. I’ve always been the same.

“As a goalkeeper there is one position, one shirt, and if I’m not good enough then that’s football.

“I’ll support the club and will continue to do so while I’m here.”

Davis will feature today as the club hosts the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup at St Mary’s, against Arsenal and Anderlecht.

Nigel Adkins could field new signings Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis, who he insists is available despite Rangers’ objections to his international clearance, as well as Dan Seaborne.

The defender suffered serious head injuries following an assault outside a nightclub last September but is set to feature this afternoon.

“Dan has been training full on,” said Adkins. “He was back in the fold towards the end of last season.

“He has had the two weeks with us now and he will play at the weekend.”

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