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Davis to fight for starting spot at Saints
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Filled in: Soccer News | 14/7/2012 at 2:45pm

Kelvin Davis has pledged to fight for his place as Southampton look to bring in a new goalkeeper.

The 35-year-old joined the south coast club six years ago and has been with them as they dropped down to the third tier, before enjoying back-to-back promotions to the Premier League.

Davis has been named in the PFA team of the season for three successive seasons – twice League One’s XI as well as the Championship’s – but faces renewed competition for his spot this upcoming campaign.

The club is reportedly interested in Birmingham’s Jack Butland, but Davis has pledged to work with whoever comes in, even if he drops out of the starting line-up.

“I’d like to think if there is something I see or a bit of advice I can give (to a rival), I would let them know if I thought they’d accept it,” he said.

“I am not too long in the tooth to accept a bit of criticism or help. I’m all for that.

“I think you’ll find with most goalkeepers – and I say most – the case is there is a good team spirit and I am all for that goalkeepers’ union.

“I am a big believer that you train as well as you can and you reach the standard that is your best possible.

“If that is not good enough to get you in the team, then so be it and good luck to the other guy.

“I’ll support the club and will continue to do so while I’m here.”

Davis will feature on Saturday as the club hosts the Mark Liebherr Memorial Cup at St Mary’s against Arsenal and Anderlecht.

Manager Nigel Adkins could field new signings Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis in the match, as well as Dan Seaborne.

The defender suffered serious head injuries following an assault outside a nightclub last September but is set to feature at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

“Dan has been training full on,” Adkins said. “He was back in the fold towards the end of last season.

“He has had the two weeks with us now and he will play at the weekend.”

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