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Targett relishing a fresh start

Matt Targett is hoping to put the frustrations of last season behind him and hit the ground running during pre-season.

Targett endured seven months on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in a 3-1 success over Burnley last October, before playing 90 minutes in the penultimate Premier League clash against Manchester United at St Mary’s.

And having been away with England at the under-21 European Championships, the full-back is now hoping to make an instant impression on Mauricio Pellegrino.

“I’m happy to be back. I had a nice holiday but now I’m looking to hit the ground running,” said Targett.

“It’s strange, especially when you have a new manager because you just want to get back and try to impress him as quickly as you can.

“I’m back though now so I’m looking forward to meeting him and being back with the team again.

“I spoke to a few of the lads to see how training has been and it’s nice to see what they think.

“I didn’t play in the Euros so it was important for me to get back early and start working.”

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