Downes secures season-long loan deal

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 21st August 2023

West Ham United midfielder Flynn Downes has completed a temporary move to Championship outfit Southampton.

The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for West Ham during his only season at the club but has agreed to join former manager Russell Martin at St Mary's for the 2023/23 season - as revealed by KUMB back in June.

"The ambition for the club is obviously to get promoted, to get back in the Premier League, and that enticed me a lot," he told Southampton's website.

"Obviously I’ve worked with the gaffer before. Him, Gilly [Matt Gill, Assistant Manager], Deano [Dean Thornton, Goalkeeping Coach] and Ben [Parker, First Team Tactics & Insights Analyst] I’ve worked with and I know what they’re about.

"Their attention to detail, the way they play, what they demand of us players – it’s just such a good environment to be in, so it’s a no brainer really."

And Saints Director of Football Jason Wilcox added: "Flynn is a really dynamic player and someone who will add a lot of quality in midfield. He’s got a great relationship with Russell and his coaching staff already, which means he also comes in with a real understanding of the system and how we want to play, which is ideal for both us and him.

"He’s a young guy, but with plenty of experience already, including in the Premier League, so he’s coming here at a good point in his career and is someone who can help us now but who also has that potential to continue developing."

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