Southampton striker Charlie Austin has expressed his delight at his fine start to the 2017/18 Premier League season, having missed much of the previous league campaign with a shoulder injury.
The 28-year-old is back with a bang this season, and scored the winning goal with a last-gasp penalty in his side's thrilling 3-2 victory over West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking to Southampton's official website, Austin discussed his return from injury, and his happiness with the recovery he's made. The former Queen's Park Rangers player stated:
Got to be honest was more nervous standing over a 4ft putt today than I was in the 92nd minute yesterday however it was the same out come — Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) August 20, 2017
Austin started the 2016/17 brightly for the Saints, scoring an impressive nine goals in 21 appearances before succumbing to injury.
The powerful goal-scorer has experienced a rags-to-riches career - progressing from Wessex League Premier Division side Poole Town to Premier League football with QPR in just six seasons. Discussing his return further, Austin stated: