SAINTS' player of the year Andrew Davies has now completed his move to Premier League side Stoke City.

The 23-year-old defender has moved for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.3m.

The one-capped England U21 international came to St. Mary's in October from his native Middlesbrough before making his move permanent in January for £1m.

He played 25 times for Saints before fracturing his cheekbone in March. During his time out injured he also had operations on a knee ijry sustained when he was playing for his home town club.

Despite so few appearances he still managed to win the Daily Echo's Player of the Season award last year.

Former Saints boss Nigel Pearson even made Davies his captain in the face of injuries to Claus Lundekvam and Youssef Safri.

He has been injured ever since, meaning new head coach Jan Poortvliet never got the chance to see the highly rated defender - who can play at right back as well - play for him.

He had however recently returned to training and his departure will be seen as a blow to many Saints fans.