Southampton’s legend issues a ‘fascinating’ verdict on Martin Russell’s remarkable season so far in first Echo column…

From my days growing up in the city, I can always remember the Daily Echo being there.

Former Southampton player Franny Benali expresses his excitement about joining the Daily Echo as a weekly columnist.

Benali reflects on his connection with the newspaper from his youth and aims to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Lawrie, praising his contributions.

He acknowledges Lawrie’s support for his charity work. Benali recounts the pivotal role Lawrie played in convincing his family to choose Southampton for his development as a player.

He looks forward to sharing memories of club legends and analyzing current football topics, especially focusing on Southampton’s recent positive form.

Benali expresses enthusiasm for upcoming games and emphasizes the importance of players returning from the international break in good condition.

He also touches on wider football events and his experiences in the local community.

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