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Ings hoping to make the most of 'special' return to Saints

Ings hoping to make the most of 'special' return to Saints
Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - August 12, 2018 Southampton's Danny Ings applauds fans after the match REUTERS/Hannah McKay   -   Copyright  HANNAH MCKAY(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Southampton striker Danny Ings is happy with the last-minute move to his boyhood club and is eager to prove himself following testing times at Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The 26-year-old, who trained at Saints’ former centre of excellence at Wellington Sports Ground as a schoolboy, returned to Southampton on a season-long loan on deadline day, having failed to make an impact in three years at Liverpool. [nL5N1V08HH]

“It does (feel special) and now I’ve just got to prove my worth,” Ings told the Daily Echo. “It’s not just about being a local boy here, I’m here to improve and do as well as I can for the fans and for the team.

“Considering all the stuff I went through I’ve never lost belief, it was just about getting fit. Last season I was fit all year. The opportunities were hard to come by with the strikers at Liverpool but that’s football.

“I’m just glad I can come here and prove myself now.”

Ings made his Southampton debut as a second half substitute in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Burnley in the league.

Southampton travel to Everton on Saturday.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru)

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