Puncheon pens new Saints deal

first_img Press Association The 26-year-old winger has been one of Saints’ most impressive performers this season but only had a matter of months remaining on his current deal. Newcastle were among those linked with a summer move for Puncheon, who has ended such talk by signing a new deal at St Mary’s. “It feels amazing,” Puncheon told the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk “It’s obviously been a worry because my contract was up at the end of the season, so it was important for me to get tied down. It’s a weight off my mind, so now I can look to the long-term future. The club has a vision, and that’s why I’ve signed and stayed on. “We got to the Premier League in three years, and now the club has a vision of playing European football – and we want to get there as soon as possible. I believe that can happen and, more importantly, the football club believes that can happen. They believe I can be a part of it and so do I. “Now I want to finish the season strongly and keep growing as a player – and for us to keep growing as a football club.” Puncheon, who joined from Plymouth just over three years ago, spent several loan spells away from the club after losing his place in the first team and little over a year ago took to Twitter to criticise Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese. The winger threatened to see out the rest of his contract training with the reserves and youth team, but the pair patched up their differences and he has become an integral part of the team, first under Nigel Adkins and now Mauricio Pochettino. “It’s great news that Jason has agreed to sign a new contract with Southampton,” the Saints manager said. “He has been very impressive for the club this season and especially so since I arrived, and he is a very important member of our squad.” center_img Jason Puncheon has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with Southampton until 2016.last_img read more

Scott Shafer explains decision to move Julian Whigham down on the depth chart

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said senior cornerback Julian Whigham’s starting spot wasn’t guaranteed at Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day in July. For the first time all season, Whigham’s role was significantly reduced on Saturday against then-No. 25 Pittsburgh as he played at safety on third-down packages.“Productivity on game day, or lack thereof,” Shafer said, “is probably the biggest component when we make those decisions.”After an offseason in which Whigham transformed his lifestyle, he was beat several times downfield throughout the first half of the season. On Syracuse’s (3-4, 1-2 ACC) depth chart for its upcoming game against No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1) Whigham was bumped to the backup cornerback spot as redshirt freshman Cordell Hudson moved up to start alongside sophomore Corey Winfield.Whigham recorded seven total tackles and two pass breakups on Sept. 12 against Wake Forest, but in the last five games, he’s had eight tackles and no breakups. Meanwhile, Hudson has recorded eight tackles in the past three games and a pass breakup against Virginia as his role has steadily increased.“(Hudson)’s progressively gotten better with everything he’s done and he’s been productive in practice,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said playing Whigham at safety, a position he played at Dwyer (Florida) High School, partially had to do with redshirt freshman Rodney Williams being injured with a lower-body injury in the past two games.“When you have a guy that can play multiple positions, it goes a long way,” Shafer said, “and he’s shown that ability mentally to do those things so we felt it would be a good fit.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Chuck Bullough: Coaching staff discussing future use of Julian WhighamScott Shafer doesn’t guarantee senior Julian Whigham will start at cornerbackJulian Whigham says he’s been 1 of SU’s best players despite inconsistent performanceCordell Hudson hopes to add depth at cornerback following redshirt seasonHis Balllast_img read more