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Southampton winger Jason Puncheon moves on from row with Nicola Cortese

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Southampton winger Jason Puncheon has well and truly buried the hatchet with club executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

Puncheon looked set to leave St Mary's in January 2012 after finding himself out of the first team and training with reserve and Academy players.

The 26-year-old claimed his demotion was due to the orders of Cortese and not manager Nigel Adkins.

But he has since discussed the subject with Cortese to find himself back in Adkins' first team and he was the goalscoring hero in Saturday's 1-0 win over Reading.

"Me and him had clear-the-air talks and, as far as I'm concerned, that's all history," Puncheon said in The Sun regarding Cortese.

"I am just pleased to get the chance to keep producing."

He added: "It is all about growing and maturing as an adult and a player and I am doing that.

"The gaffer has given me a platform, given me a chance and I have grasped it with both hands.

"That is what has happened and that is why we are where we are. There are a lot of differences now. It is massive playing in the Premier League.

"I am getting the chance to play football, that is the most important thing as far as I am concerned."

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