Theo Walcott is eagerly anticipating putting the Southampton shirt for the first time in 15 years but admits he must get fit first.
With Everton making several major additions this summer, the 31-year-old saw himself on the outside looking in, only featuring for 12 Premier League minutes before sealing his loan switch to St. Mary’s.
As his move comes in the last year of his Everton deal, it effectively ended his time at the club.
In an interview with HampshireLive, Walcott revealed that he had no idea that the Saints were interested in him until just days before the window shut.
“I actually first heard about it all three days before deadline day,” Walcott said.
“As soon I heard about it I said: ‘This had to happen, this needs to happen. I really want this to happen.’
“Carlo [Ancelotti], Marcel [Brands, Everton’s Director of Football], and myself have a really good relationship where we can get things sorted and they helped to make it happen in the end which I was really grateful for.
“My time at Everton was absolutely brilliant and I enjoyed every minute of it.
“But my focus now is here and let’s see where the future lies for me.”
The 47-time England international is keen on a recall ahead of next summer’s Euros but isn’t making that concerning himself with that just yet.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” he said. “I have to focus on getting fit first, really. That’s my priority.
“I am dead excited though. I can’t wait to put on the shirt, honestly. I feel like I am a kid again, like a big kid.”
After Walcott’s £20m move to Everton, the player made 85 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 11 times to go along with his nine assists.