LEGENDARY Saints defender Francis Benali is delighted the club’s current left back, Dan Harding, is getting some serious recognition.

The former Leeds and Ipswich player has enjoyed a stellar season at St Mary’s, which was capped by him being voted into the PFA League One Team of the Year by his fellow professionals.

Benali, who carved out a fantastic career for so many years as a left back at The Dell, is pleased to see his old position being filled so well by the 27-year-old.

“I’ve met him personally and he seems a very nice guy,” said Benali.

“He’s had a very good season as well.

“You don’t get voted into the PFA team by your peers if you’ve had a poor season.

“There were five of the Saints team in the line-up, so that goes to show how well the players have played themselves, Dan included, as well as the rest of the squad this year.

“You always have a little affinity towards players that play in your position.

“But, ultimately, anyone in a Saints shirt you want to see playing well, being successful for the club and putting in good performances."

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