SAINTS manager Russell Martin labelled David Brooks a "specialist" and a "brilliant addition" following his arrival at Staplewood. 

The Welsh international joined Saints from AFC Bournemouth earlier this week - following Cherries teammate Joe Rothwell.

Brooks, 26, explained that he has joined Southampton in the hopes of receiving more game time.

The winger, who can also play in midfield, only managed 273 minutes in the Premier League under Andoni Iraola.

Asked about the signing, Martin explained that Brooks' arrival will allow Southampton's strikers to play in their natural positions.

He said: "We have three number nines and one of them has been playing as a seven all season (Adam Armstrong) - and he is still the top scorer.

"Him, Che Adams and Sekou Mara are three really different number nines but all scoring at the moment or in a good place.

"Brooksy, Kamaldeen, Ryan Fraser, Sam Edozie, Sam Amo(-Ameyaw) - we have some really good options at the moment out wide.

"Brooksy was our first choice, as was Joe, but it took a bit longer than we would have liked. We watched him play against Swansea on Thursday.

"We panicked that he played too well and they wouldn't let him out anymore. We spoke to a lot of people about him.

"I've watched him play for Bournemouth and Wales and obviously he has overcome something so huge in his life."

Martin continued: "To get through that in the way he has is incredible and it says a lot about him as a character. Everyone told us how good he is as a person as well.

"Jason (Wilcox) worked with him at Man City and coached him. I think he actually released him and Brooksy says that is the best thing that ever happened to him.

"Jason's taking credit for that one. I spoke to him and he really wanted to come here. We really wanted him to come here and I am so grateful it happened.

"It will be a fantastic addition for us and he is a specialist in a position we haven't had all season. We have done a few different things this season but he will really help us for sure.