Theo Walcott has hinted at a longer stay at Southampton following his loan move from Everton.

The attacker returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan from Everton on transfer deadline day after falling down the pecking order at Goodison Park.

Speaking to the Saints' website, Walcott revealed he was keen to work with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl on a more long-term basis.

His current contract at Everton runs until the end of the season and it seems unlikely he will sign a new one during his spell on the south coast and the 31-year-old also hinted at the possibility of moving into coaching, explaining his desire to help young players follow in his footsteps at St Mary's.

"I want to help the academy graduates coming through now," Walcott said.

“I’m sure they’ve got a lot of questions to ask – quite a few of them have already been asking me things. A lot of them have been saying, ‘I watched you at Arsenal and now I’m playing with you!’ so that’s a nice touch.

“I feel like everyone’s a really hard worker.

"With the way the manager wants to play, you need to work hard, and if you don’t work hard you’re not going to play. It’s simple – there’s no hiding place.

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“He expects perfection in certain jobs – particularly without the ball, but that’s something that I’m starting to learn pretty quickly now, and I’m looking forward to the next game."

He added: “The manager has pulled me to one side a few times and put me in a room to go through a lot of tactics, which is nice to see, just to get my coaching head on, because that’s something in the future I might want to look at.

“It’s very interesting. I’m really enjoying my short time working with the manager at the moment and hopefully it can be a long-term thing.”