SAINTS winger Josh Sims voiced his desire to achieve regular football and added: “I just need to push on.”

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at League One Doncaster Rovers – and has scored one goal and registered four assists with the Yorkshire outfit.

Sims first burst on to the scene at Saints under Claude Puel in November 2016, providing an assist for Charlie Austin in the first minute of a 1-0 victory over Everton.

Since then, he has made 27 appearances at senior level for the St Mary’s side, as well as having loan spells at the likes of Reading and New York Red Bulls.

Now he has linked up with Donny on loan until January and admits he is looking for as many match minutes as possible.

He told the Doncaster Free Press: “I’m at the stage of my career where I need to be playing regular football.

“I had a taste of that when I first broke through at Southampton but various circumstances and injuries, I’ve not been able to carry on there.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time there, I broke through and did well but now I need to get regular football.”

Sims’s progress at Saints was checked by a serious knee injury in 2017, keeping him out of action for nearly nine months, after making his eye-catching arrival to the first-team setup.

Reflecting on that time, Sims added: “I broke through and was really enjoying myself playing in the Premier League. The injury happened at a horrible time for me but that’s just football and life.

“You’ve got to just find a way to get through those tough times.

“Luckily for me the injury didn’t happen again like you see happening to a lot of players with knee injuries. I had good people around me.

“Now I just need to push on and build from those years and play regular football.”

Sims played seven times under Ralph Hasenhuttl during the 2018-19 campaign – his most recent first-team appearance for Saints came against Huddersfield in May 2019.