Farewell Dan Harding
It is with fond memories and best wishes that we say goodbye to Dan Harding today. One of the first signings of the Markus Liebherr era, he has joined Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.
Good Luck Dan
Dan Harding joined Saints when we were rebuilding at the foot of League One. A free transfer, he immediately filled our left back position and made it his own over the next two years. His determined defensive attitude and surging overlapping runs down the left hand side provided a potent threat with Dan's energy often providing a perfect foil for Adam Lallana's technical ability.
He capped that first season with notable goals including a winner against Leeds United (a former club of his) and a thumping strike against Tranmere Rovers. His shinning moment was however at the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final. Thanks to injury Dan Harding had to play out of position at right back. His tireless endeavour nullified any Carlisle threat down their left and helped propel us to a memorable 4-1 Wembley victory.
Despite the challenge of Ryan Dickson, Dan maintained his place as first choice left back until the signing of Danny Fox from Burnley. Although displaced, Dan showed tremedous attitude as he worked to fill in when required and play his part in our promotion to the Premier League. A model professional, he deserves the chance for first team football at Championship level and at Nottingham Forest he is sure to be given every opportunity to have it.
Someone who will surely always be welcome back at St Mary's, SaintsWeb wish Dan Harding best of luck in his post-Saints career.