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Davis explains change of heart

Filed: Thursday, 9th July 2009
By: Staff Writer

Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has been explaining the reasons behind his decision to reject the opportunity to move to West Ham.

The 32-year-old Saints skipper had looked like moving to London where he would have effectively replaced Jan Lastukva as Rob Green's understudy, after he agreed terms with United.

However a late change of circumstances at the League One club - the takeover led by Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr giving the cash-stricken club a vital injection of funds.

"The decision for me was between the opportunity of first-team football at Southampton or the chance to play Premier League football and I have made my choice to stay at Southampton," explained Davis.

"After speaking to Gianfranco Zola and Ludek Miklosko at West Ham, they were both very understanding of my position and I hold them both with the utmost respect.

"I got the call yesterday and the new people at Southampton were quick to offer me a new contract and were very clear in what they want to achieve for the football club.

"I always said from the end of last season that League One football does not scare me and I obviously feel as responsible as anyone for the club's position."

Davis, who had spent a couple of days at Chadwell Heath training with the Hammers is set to retain the captaincy that he would have relinquished had he moved to London.

As a result of Davis' about-turn West Ham will now consider fast-tracking either Marek Stech or new signing Peter Kurucz to understudy Rob Green, who has not missed a Premier League game in over two seasons.

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by Mike
03:48PM 11th Jul 2009
''Good for him. He was player of the year for the Saints. Whilst he would have been excellent back up for Green isn't it wonderful, in our mercenary age, to see someone showing loyalty? I've not felt particularly moved by the Saints' plight but kudos to Mr Davis for sticking by them and wanting to play first team football, rather than taking the easy option of well-paid Premier League bench-warming.''

by Tony Walkley
09:34PM 9th Jul 2009
''He would have been a good keeper to have as back up for Green but I say good for him for putting first team football first and showing some loyalty to his club while they are in tough times. ''

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