JAMIE REDKNAPP is more certain than ever that he made the right decision to leave Tottenham and join Saints' relegation battle.

The midfielder has been in excellent form since arriving at the beginning of January and comes up against his former club for the first time tomorrow.

"I was a little bit worried being the manager's son - I didn't admit it at first, I didn't know how the other players and fans would be," admitted Redknapp.

"But everyone has been great, they realise I'm here to play football and do my best for Southampton.

"It was a no-brainer really because I wasn't playing for Tottenham. I felt okay, my knee was really good and I just wanted to play. "I knew I could still play.

"It is unknown territory for me in a relegation battle but I've got absolutely no regrets. The fans have been fantastic to me and I've played reasonably well which helps."

Redknapp spent just over two years at White Hart Lane, but his contract was up at the end of this season and he was keen to prolong his playing career.

"It wasn't a gamble, I didn't have a lot to lose," he said.

"My contract finished in the summer and if I wasn't playing, it wasn't going to be renewed. Martin Jol spoke about the possibility of doing some coaching, but I'm not ready to coach yet. I'm still a player. I'm thoroughly enjoying it and I have got no regrets at all."

Redknapp has already forged an excellent partnership in central midfield with Nigel Quashie, with the spine of Saints' team really starting to take shape.

"We have shown we are a match for anyone, we played Liverpool off the park a few weeks ago, the game against Arsenal was a real battle and we played ever so well against Everton," said Redknapp.

"We have got to turn those draws into wins and we will be okay, I'm sure of it.

"Nigel is a top player, I've always felt that. He's got everything and has been a good signing for us.

"We've come out on top in most games. It's a clich but the spine of the team is looking quite strong.

"The two centre-halves have done reasonably well, me and Nigel have done reasonably well and obviously Crouchie and Henri Camara have formed a partnership."

Redknapp, though, is wary of the threat posed by his former team-mates.

He said: "Tottenham are a good side, but we know it's important to get three points as Palace play Man United.

"Spurs have got top-class strikers in Keane, Defoe, Kanoute and Mido and Ledley King is as good a centre-half as there is in the Premiership at the moment."