perfect player for Forest. Give it a few months and they'll be singing the old Des Walker ditty to his name. Brilliant player for us, did a fantastic job. He'll be great for Forest. I wish him all the best. Onwards and upwards for us though.
Harding has been a super player for us. First sign(ing) of a new age, and he has been part of instilling a winning culture in this club in his own unspectacular way. As far as I remember, there has been no drama from Harding in his time here (bar fights, sulking over not being picked for matches, greedy agent constantly stirring up rumours etc.), only 100% commitment when he has been playing.
He deserves more playing time, and if we don't intend to use him, he should go to an ambitious champ club like Forest. If they set up a balanced team and he gets a fair chance, he could be quite a force for them...
In case he stays, I'm quite happy to have him as backup and as motivator in training etc
Not good enough for the premier league,this would certainly benefit both clubs,if true.
Harding was arguably one of our best players during his first season at the club. I seem to recall people on here saying that he was one of Pardew's best signings in terms of value, having joined on a free transfer.
Similarly, he was a good player for us in the Championship, and although the arrival of Fox pushed him further down in the pecking order, he always did a job for us and was solid, if unspectacular.
If Forest do sign him, they'll be getting a very good player for that level. I don't believe he's Premier League quality, but for where Forest are at this moment in time, they could do a lot worse.
If DH does leave, I'll wish him all the best. He's served Saints very well up to now, and I'm sure that'll continue at whatever club he ends up at next.
If Dan Harding does leave, then I wish him all the best. In league 1 I was glad we had him. Scoring the winner against Leeds was a great highlight, and I'm sure it was for him also!. Fox replaced him for most of last season, but, whenever Dan was needed, left back or right back, he gave everything. I felt he got a hard time on here for being a decent, consistent , committed player. I wish all our players had his attitude, a top pro, a grafter and a reliable team player. He will be a good purchase for Notts Forest, good luck Dan, if true.
wish Fox had Harding's nastiness and willingness to do everything in his power to prevent the winger going past him, outpaced or otherwise. Also wish Fox could pass it 5 yards down the line to Lallana then overlap as Harding used to do.
the passage of play while Fox dithers around between penalty area and half way line looking to play it inside.
I know he has lots of fans on here but I'm not convinced at all and predict he will be a liability in the prem.
Maybe the coaches have been working with Fox during the summer to improve his defensive qualities?
Confirmed by the Forest owner on Twitter. Thanks Dan, good luck.
Fawaz AL Hasawi @Fawaz_alhasawi Dan Harding has joined forest this morning from southampton .he is a 28 year old left sided defender.
Echo everyone else really, will always have fond memories and will always welcome him back to SMS. Played a big part in where we are today.
Glad to hear he's gone, we've surpassed his ability, but thank him for the part he played. Hopefully it means we're on the verge of bringing in a new LB.
Shaw is too young for this year to be serious competition. Might suggest there is some truth in the Buttner deal being on again as I can't see us letting this one happen without something on the verge our side.
Dan good luck for the future at Forest, great servant for the Saints, thank you..
They've only reached 3 pages on their forum....we're normally hitting 20+ before it's been announced !!
Twinge of sadness to see the lad go. Always gave 100% and I loved his bursting runs all the way to the byline. One of the first signings under our new regime. All the best Dan, you were a great servant for us. Forest have got a good player.
Cheers Dan - good luck at forest thanks for everything. Now we really need to get someone in to replace Fox. Dan fox as backup would be OK (I guess) but I really don't want him as first choice LB he will get creamed in the PL.
Hope their BallBoys are thick-skinned.
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Good Luck Dan, thanks for all you did for us. First player bought in under the new regime and did a great job for us. Maybe that means the Buttner deal is back on.
Best of luck to him, was crucial in our promotion out of League 1 and always played his heart out.
Thanks and good luck Dan.
Southampton FC @officialsaints
#SaintsFC can confirm that defender Dan Harding has today joined Championship side Nottingham Forest. More at http://www.saintsfc.co.uk shortly.
A player who came in and was actually meant to play at LB - made all the difference.
Good luck at Forrest Dan.
Nice little bit now on OS.
Harding Heads Off
Saints can confirm that defender Dan Harding has today signed for npower Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The 28-year-old has penned a three-year contract with his new club and moves to the City Ground for an undisclosed fee.
Harding joined Saints in July 2009 when he became the first signing following the takeover of the Club by Markus Liebherr and Nicola Cortese.
The left-back went on to make 121 appearances during his time at St Mary's, scoring five times.
Saints would like to thank Dan for his dedicated service and wish him all the very best for the future.
Good in L1 but somewhat out of his depth in the Championship. I shall always remember him for needlessly giving away that corner at Fratton Park but good luck to him and thanks for all the good times.
Shame he's gone, but clearly the writing was on the wall, not likely to be 1st or 2nd choice, as we are still chasing LB. He is a better defender than Fox in my opinion, I think Fox may be No 2 this season once we get new man in. Always liked Harding, reminded me a lot of Nick Holmes. Good luck Dan.
never had a problem with him.
did well and helped us climb the leagues...
will get a cheer from me if we should he return
This is one signing I'm sad to see go! Always put 100% in for this club and he had some very good games for us. Maybe he's not good enough for the prem but still wanna wish him all the luck with Forrest, great bloke and player.
Best of luck Dan.
I feel that he has come in for some slightly unfair criticism on here. He's a good, solid player who gave everything when called upon. Fox isn't that much of an improvement IMO and his defensive positioning is suspect to say the least.
As has been said, there was never any drama from Dan, a player who just got on with it. Reminded me of nick Holmes in that sense; an unassuming player who gave everything to the cause.
P.s. at least he can still wear the new saints kit!
Last edited by Webby; 28-07-2012 at 11:43 AM.
I would like to thank him for everything he did for us. You can question his ability at various league levels but never his commitment to us. Best of luck at Forest
Mods - please make this a sticky - great servant to the club - no scandals, bar fights and complaints what so ever from mr.Harding - good luck in the Forest jersey now !!
Good luck to him. Superb League 1 player, average Championship. Harsh perhaps but it's been evident for a lot of his career. Good that he puts first team football ahead of hanging around a premier league club not playing though.
We'll definitely see a left back signed. If we end up with Olsson I'll be delighted with him and Fox as options. With Clyne and Richardson on the right it suddenly becomes one of our strongest areas.
Cheers Dan, best of luck at Forest.
Top player and huge part of what we have acheived in the last three years.
Good luck Dan