Last Updated: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:33
Teenager James Ward-Prowse is aiming to become a Southampton first-team regular next season after forcing his way into the squad.
The 18-year-old midfielder was delighted to work his way through the ranks at St Mary's and into the first-team reckoning during the past Premier League campaign.
However, having started only four games with a further 11 league appearances coming off the substitutes' bench, Ward Prowse is now looking to prove to boss Mauricio Pochettino that he is worthy of more game time next term.
Ward-Prowse, who is flying out to Turkey to play in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup for England, told BBC Radio Solent: "I am only 18 but I'm not content sitting on the bench."
"I don't think I've proved myself," he added. "I only would have proved myself when I'm playing week in, week out.
"Sitting on the bench is not what I'm about. I think I've got so much more to offer the team and the club and it's a horrible feeling having to sit on the bench and watch the likes of Luke (Shaw) doing well because you want to be out there contributing as well.
"The pressure is even greater this year. I'm 18 now, I'm no longer the young pup of the team when I was coming through."
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