Lloyd's Saints dream 12 years in the making

Lloyd's Saints dream 12 years in the making

Lloyd's Saints dream 12 years in the making

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For Lloyd Isgrove, it was a moment that had been 12 years in the making.

The 21-year-old Saints winger realised a dream at Liverpool last Sunday, when he ran onto the famous Anfield turf for his Premier League debut.

Arriving on the pitch as an 82nd minute substitute to a warm reception from the travelling supporters, Isgrove achieved an ambition he had held ever since he joined the club at the age of nine.

“To walk out in front of the fans of the club that I’ve been a part of for so many years was a really proud moment for me,” he said.

“We went up on the Saturday, flew up to Liverpool and stayed in the hotel. It was all a good experience, but, obviously, it was nothing like what happened on Sunday.

“There wasn’t really any indication of me coming on or playing whatsoever.

“When I found out I was on the bench I was happy, because there’s always a chance.

“With the way the game went, it fancied me to come on, which I did. I was absolutely delighted.”

Yeovil-born Isgrove might still be a youngster, but his journey with Saints has already lasted more than a decade, beginning after the coach of his local youth side asked the club to look at him.

“The manager supported Saints and he just phoned Southampton and said ‘We’ve got a lad here who’s quite good, can you give him a trial?’ and it just went from there,” he said.

Isgrove, who was handed a new one-year contract in the summer, enjoyed a fine pre-season, turning in a series of eye-catching performances that forced his way into Ronald Koeman’s reckoning.

But the academy product knows the real challenge is staying there.

“Now I’ve made my debut and I’m looking to push on,” he said. “I think this will be my biggest season yet.”

Isgrove is buoyed by the feeling that his own style of play will suit Koeman’s philosophy.

“He seems to like out-and-out wingers, which is primarily my position,” he said.

“I think that is because he’s Dutch and that’s how they do it over there.

“I don’t really drift inside so much as other players.”

Part of the reason Isgrove believes he has taken a step forward is due to the loan spell he had at Peterborough late last season, which featured a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final win and a League 1 play-off semi-final.

“Going out on loan was a lot different,” he said.

“It’s a lot more physical, which I think helped me coming back and then being around the first-team squad.”

Isgrove knows he may soon face extra competition for a place in the squad, though, with Saints keen to sign another wide player.

“I think competition is always good to have,” he said. “If you’ve got good strength and depth in the squad, I think that helps each player perform to the best of their ability.

“Even if a winger does come in, I’m still going to train and play as hard as I can.”

Isgrove is hoping this afternoon will yield his home Premier League debut, but, more importantly than that, a win.

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7:06am Sat 23 Aug 14

J7junctionseven says...

Good lad and sounds like he's got his feet firmly on the ground and knows who will help make him an excellent player in the very near future.
Well done Lloyd and best of luck son. Just wait until you feel the buzz of scoring at St Mary's in a PL game.....today would be a good time to do it if you get the chance!!
COYR FOADP
Good lad and sounds like he's got his feet firmly on the ground and knows who will help make him an excellent player in the very near future. Well done Lloyd and best of luck son. Just wait until you feel the buzz of scoring at St Mary's in a PL game.....today would be a good time to do it if you get the chance!! COYR FOADP J7junctionseven
  • Score: 38

7:08am Sat 23 Aug 14

olddellsaint says...

Well deserved young mush, it's an award for all the hard work and loyalty you have shown over the years, lets hope we will see your name in lights (for the right reasons) over the years to come. good luck mush.
Well deserved young mush, it's an award for all the hard work and loyalty you have shown over the years, lets hope we will see your name in lights (for the right reasons) over the years to come. good luck mush. olddellsaint
  • Score: 29

7:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

Reality-man says...

Rather unfairly thought he wasn't quite good enough as I've known about him for years yet he never broke through. Saw him against Leverkusen and he looked the real deal, looks a proper handful. Good luck Lloyd
Rather unfairly thought he wasn't quite good enough as I've known about him for years yet he never broke through. Saw him against Leverkusen and he looked the real deal, looks a proper handful. Good luck Lloyd Reality-man
  • Score: 23

7:58am Sat 23 Aug 14

Southampton boy says...

So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens
So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens Southampton boy
  • Score: 24

8:08am Sat 23 Aug 14

Buddy SFC says...

Watched him against Bournemouth and he was an absolute Stand Out , him and Tadic .................

The conveyer belt rolls on with another well grounded proper lad !!
Watched him against Bournemouth and he was an absolute Stand Out , him and Tadic ................. The conveyer belt rolls on with another well grounded proper lad !! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 23

8:34am Sat 23 Aug 14

hedge end bob says...

Well lets hope someone has painted LOYALTY on the belt BUDDY and the club has really learnt how to say ,pizz off Brenda and the rest of you vultures HE'S NOT FOR SALE.
Well lets hope someone has painted LOYALTY on the belt BUDDY and the club has really learnt how to say ,pizz off Brenda and the rest of you vultures HE'S NOT FOR SALE. hedge end bob
  • Score: 14

8:37am Sat 23 Aug 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Good luck Lloyd me and Small will be checking in from Edgbaston.

Many said when Shaw left that we had a better player in Targett. When will we get to see him?
Good luck Lloyd me and Small will be checking in from Edgbaston. Many said when Shaw left that we had a better player in Targett. When will we get to see him? Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 6

8:37am Sat 23 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Southampton boy wrote:
So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens
The trouble is that if he does'nt work out we would have no cover, I'm not saying he wont, and I do hope he does
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens[/p][/quote]The trouble is that if he does'nt work out we would have no cover, I'm not saying he wont, and I do hope he does Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 6

8:39am Sat 23 Aug 14

Clever Dick says...

If he only hasa one year contract they arn't exactly putting a lot of faith in him, and risk losing him for next to nothing as well if he does well.
If he only hasa one year contract they arn't exactly putting a lot of faith in him, and risk losing him for next to nothing as well if he does well. Clever Dick
  • Score: 3

8:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

Chipmonk1 says...

I think (hope) Lloyd is in the same category as JWP. That is commited to Saints. I know twitter isn't for some but JWP appears totally commited to Saints based on his tweets. Certainly a good shout for future captain. Back to topic, perhaps the club should be wining and dining every PE teacher across the Southern counties. ;-)
I think (hope) Lloyd is in the same category as JWP. That is commited to Saints. I know twitter isn't for some but JWP appears totally commited to Saints based on his tweets. Certainly a good shout for future captain. Back to topic, perhaps the club should be wining and dining every PE teacher across the Southern counties. ;-) Chipmonk1
  • Score: 11

8:42am Sat 23 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Clever Dick wrote:
If he only hasa one year contract they arn't exactly putting a lot of faith in him, and risk losing him for next to nothing as well if he does well.
I was thinking that too
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: If he only hasa one year contract they arn't exactly putting a lot of faith in him, and risk losing him for next to nothing as well if he does well.[/p][/quote]I was thinking that too Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 9

8:44am Sat 23 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

It's good to see another young player come through. I only hope he brought his head back from Anfield. ;-)
It's good to see another young player come through. I only hope he brought his head back from Anfield. ;-) Rising_Son
  • Score: 10

8:46am Sat 23 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Good Impact Player.
Good Impact Player. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 9

9:26am Sat 23 Aug 14

one in the crowd says...

Quote .......

The 21-year-old Saints winger realised a dream at Liverpool last Sunday, when he ran onto the famous Anfield turf for his Premier League debut.

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Congratulations ! !

Playing on the hallowed turf of Anfield is indeed the dream of all professional footballers and will be a moment to cherish throughout his life,
Quote ....... The 21-year-old Saints winger realised a dream at Liverpool last Sunday, when he ran onto the famous Anfield turf for his Premier League debut. -------------------- -- Congratulations ! ! Playing on the hallowed turf of Anfield is indeed the dream of all professional footballers and will be a moment to cherish throughout his life, one in the crowd
  • Score: -21

9:43am Sat 23 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Hey, one is a crowd, this is his quote,
“To walk out in front of the fans of the club that I’ve been a part of for so many years was a really proud moment for me,” he said.
Don't try and be-little what he said, especially as the only way your players could do it is to be good enough to leave your shower of #*&t
Hey, one is a crowd, this is his quote, “To walk out in front of the fans of the club that I’ve been a part of for so many years was a really proud moment for me,” he said. Don't try and be-little what he said, especially as the only way your players could do it is to be good enough to leave your shower of #*&t Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 9

10:17am Sat 23 Aug 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Southampton boy wrote:
So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens
Izzy looked great when he came on against our parent club.
He has pace and skill in abundance. We don't need another winger, but in Koeman we trust. COYR this afternoon against WBA and forever more.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: So a winger? So do we need a winger if we got a lad that seems to love Saints? Give the job and see what happens[/p][/quote]Izzy looked great when he came on against our parent club. He has pace and skill in abundance. We don't need another winger, but in Koeman we trust. COYR this afternoon against WBA and forever more. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: -6

10:27am Sat 23 Aug 14

Malcombe says...

I saw Lloyd against Bournemouth and he was impressive but Ronald is no mug because having the knowledge and experience he knows these Players will perform and they are good enough, Lloyd is a natural runner and a good crosser of the ball also he can tackle, Ronald likes wingers and so Lloyd will be part of the new revolution as longs as he keeps the bit between the teeth and work hard which there's no doubt.
Already the change of style of play is noticeable and exciting, the posters on here who have more knowledge of Football than me have pointed out that Ronald's demands are there and he does have plan A B C, the Football under the last Manager was good but also predictable and the posters who watched Saints last season noticed that the Team often looked like that the Training had been so severe the Players were showed signs of exhaustion in the last 15/20 minutes but Ronald is coaching them to pace themselves and he knows if he has to make the changes during a game with his experience he uses a Player or Players who can turn the the game which was evident last Sunday. It didn't go unnoticed that once again Brendan Rodgers in his interview didn't compliment the opposition for outplaying his Team ( in other words he wasn't worried) in the second half it was only his Team and he wasn't concerned as he knew they would win yea right!! how the score wasn't Liverpool 2 Southampton 4 was down to bad luck on the day hopefully today Saints will have better luck and of course having had all the Players together for the week hopefully today will be the first win of many more to come, today I will be on Saints site and will be intrigued what Dave Merrington will say as an ex Manager having missed it last week because I was privileged to watch it on TV . COYR
I saw Lloyd against Bournemouth and he was impressive but Ronald is no mug because having the knowledge and experience he knows these Players will perform and they are good enough, Lloyd is a natural runner and a good crosser of the ball also he can tackle, Ronald likes wingers and so Lloyd will be part of the new revolution as longs as he keeps the bit between the teeth and work hard which there's no doubt. Already the change of style of play is noticeable and exciting, the posters on here who have more knowledge of Football than me have pointed out that Ronald's demands are there and he does have plan A B C, the Football under the last Manager was good but also predictable and the posters who watched Saints last season noticed that the Team often looked like that the Training had been so severe the Players were showed signs of exhaustion in the last 15/20 minutes but Ronald is coaching them to pace themselves and he knows if he has to make the changes during a game with his experience he uses a Player or Players who can turn the the game which was evident last Sunday. It didn't go unnoticed that once again Brendan Rodgers in his interview didn't compliment the opposition for outplaying his Team ( in other words he wasn't worried) in the second half it was only his Team and he wasn't concerned as he knew they would win yea right!! how the score wasn't Liverpool 2 Southampton 4 was down to bad luck on the day hopefully today Saints will have better luck and of course having had all the Players together for the week hopefully today will be the first win of many more to come, today I will be on Saints site and will be intrigued what Dave Merrington will say as an ex Manager having missed it last week because I was privileged to watch it on TV . COYR Malcombe
  • Score: 6

11:04am Sat 23 Aug 14

noodlesnewman says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Watched him against Bournemouth and he was an absolute Stand Out , him and Tadic .................

The conveyer belt rolls on with another well grounded proper lad !!
ye he s got blistering pace , keeps ball well too , could be a real suprise this season ! COYS !
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Watched him against Bournemouth and he was an absolute Stand Out , him and Tadic ................. The conveyer belt rolls on with another well grounded proper lad !![/p][/quote]ye he s got blistering pace , keeps ball well too , could be a real suprise this season ! COYS ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 2

11:04am Sat 23 Aug 14

st bevois says...

It may be early days, but I am really hoping after last week, that the performance (if not the end result) will have the same impact as the early away trips to Pool and Manure did last year – that is give us the self-belief and confidence to go and play with no fear and get the results that we want. It also shows us and others that you can compete and succeed. Others may go on to get better results than we did (as they did last year after our draw at Manure) because we helped kill the fear factor and Pool – especially their midfield in the second half are there for the taking. I saw Van Gaal’s CV this morning on Sky Sport’s. On closer scrutiny I don’t think it’s as good as it’s made out to be. His big moments came with Ajax, Bayern and Barcelona for short spells only – either a 2 horse race or as the dominant force in their respective leagues. RoKo has won things with clubs that have been 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th in the pecking order. I think we have the better man for the job!!!!! COYR
It may be early days, but I am really hoping after last week, that the performance (if not the end result) will have the same impact as the early away trips to Pool and Manure did last year – that is give us the self-belief and confidence to go and play with no fear and get the results that we want. It also shows us and others that you can compete and succeed. Others may go on to get better results than we did (as they did last year after our draw at Manure) because we helped kill the fear factor and Pool – especially their midfield in the second half are there for the taking. I saw Van Gaal’s CV this morning on Sky Sport’s. On closer scrutiny I don’t think it’s as good as it’s made out to be. His big moments came with Ajax, Bayern and Barcelona for short spells only – either a 2 horse race or as the dominant force in their respective leagues. RoKo has won things with clubs that have been 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th in the pecking order. I think we have the better man for the job!!!!! COYR st bevois
  • Score: 4

11:52am Sat 23 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Lloyd is the right age to show what he can do, he has only been given a one year contract because Saints are not sure yet.

From the games I have watched him he looks a good player but has not imposed himself or created much. He is small and a bit lightweight so needs to toughen up quickly because I fear that if he does not show now,
he won't get many more chances this season.

He needs to prove quickly that he is not just a decent Championship player.

Personally I think that we need to sign a proven winger and make him compete for the wingers spot. However a top CB & Goalscorer are more important positions that we need to strengthen.

COYR&WS lets get 3 points today
Lloyd is the right age to show what he can do, he has only been given a one year contract because Saints are not sure yet. From the games I have watched him he looks a good player but has not imposed himself or created much. He is small and a bit lightweight so needs to toughen up quickly because I fear that if he does not show now, he won't get many more chances this season. He needs to prove quickly that he is not just a decent Championship player. Personally I think that we need to sign a proven winger and make him compete for the wingers spot. However a top CB & Goalscorer are more important positions that we need to strengthen. COYR&WS lets get 3 points today NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 4

11:53am Sat 23 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Good luck Lloyd me and Small will be checking in from Edgbaston.

Many said when Shaw left that we had a better player in Targett. When will we get to see him?
Have a GOOD day - Come on the Hampshire Royals.

You have made your points well regarding the Summer - the Board - and the way everything has been handled fairly - and been subject to a flurry of minus points from a group of posters that only do POSITIVE blindly and to the extreme. sh1tehawk is in this category.

example : ST MARYS's has been burnt to the ground.

response : clap clap - foundations are still there and we wanted a new stand anyway.

A whole generation of fans may switch off after the events in the Summer.

HARDCORE Supporters will be in the Pubs and getting behind the Team for the WIN today and will support the Team at the Cup games including
Millwall AWAY.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Good luck Lloyd me and Small will be checking in from Edgbaston. Many said when Shaw left that we had a better player in Targett. When will we get to see him?[/p][/quote]Have a GOOD day - Come on the Hampshire Royals. You have made your points well regarding the Summer - the Board - and the way everything has been handled fairly - and been subject to a flurry of minus points from a group of posters that only do POSITIVE blindly and to the extreme. sh1tehawk is in this category. example : ST MARYS's has been burnt to the ground. response : clap clap - foundations are still there and we wanted a new stand anyway. A whole generation of fans may switch off after the events in the Summer. HARDCORE Supporters will be in the Pubs and getting behind the Team for the WIN today and will support the Team at the Cup games including Millwall AWAY. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Sat 23 Aug 14

SnapperSaint says...

Good luck Lloyd!!!
Always looked good from the few times I have seen you play, so hoping you will progress further under Ron's reign...
Hoping to see a win today, the team looked very exciting last week against Diverpool.
It's been hard to take all the news coming out from St' Mary's over the last few weeks/months, but the excitement levels and optimism is back...can't wait to get to the ground today! COYS!!!
Good luck Lloyd!!! Always looked good from the few times I have seen you play, so hoping you will progress further under Ron's reign... Hoping to see a win today, the team looked very exciting last week against Diverpool. It's been hard to take all the news coming out from St' Mary's over the last few weeks/months, but the excitement levels and optimism is back...can't wait to get to the ground today! COYS!!! SnapperSaint
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Buddy SFC says...

hedge end bob wrote:
Well lets hope someone has painted LOYALTY on the belt BUDDY and the club has really learnt how to say ,pizz off Brenda and the rest of you vultures HE'S NOT FOR SALE.
I hope sooo !
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: Well lets hope someone has painted LOYALTY on the belt BUDDY and the club has really learnt how to say ,pizz off Brenda and the rest of you vultures HE'S NOT FOR SALE.[/p][/quote]I hope sooo ! Buddy SFC
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Sat 23 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

SnapperSaint wrote:
Good luck Lloyd!!!
Always looked good from the few times I have seen you play, so hoping you will progress further under Ron's reign...
Hoping to see a win today, the team looked very exciting last week against Diverpool.
It's been hard to take all the news coming out from St' Mary's over the last few weeks/months, but the excitement levels and optimism is back...can't wait to get to the ground today! COYS!!!
Fans are buzzin for the SAINTS ... Keep CALM and SUPPORT the Number One Club in the South. COYR+WS
[quote][p][bold]SnapperSaint[/bold] wrote: Good luck Lloyd!!! Always looked good from the few times I have seen you play, so hoping you will progress further under Ron's reign... Hoping to see a win today, the team looked very exciting last week against Diverpool. It's been hard to take all the news coming out from St' Mary's over the last few weeks/months, but the excitement levels and optimism is back...can't wait to get to the ground today! COYS!!![/p][/quote]Fans are buzzin for the SAINTS ... Keep CALM and SUPPORT the Number One Club in the South. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Sat 23 Aug 14

DisplacedFan says...

Been watching the Villa vs Newcastle game. We can beat them. As with last year, my question is not about teams like Stoke, Newcastle etc., but the top four clubs. We still have a way to go to break into that select group - not including Spurs or Liverpool. We have their measure, too.
Been watching the Villa vs Newcastle game. We can beat them. As with last year, my question is not about teams like Stoke, Newcastle etc., but the top four clubs. We still have a way to go to break into that select group - not including Spurs or Liverpool. We have their measure, too. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 1
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