Date: 16th July 2015 at 8:04am
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Former Blackpool and Huddersfield man Keith Southern’s move to Fleetwood certainly hasn’t gone as planned, he ended last season with Shrewsbury and isn’t really part of Graham Alexander’s future plans.

When the midfielder arrived last summer this was viewed as something of a coup by the Cod Army but a hernia problem, this kept him out until October, held him back. An FA Cup exit, against Cambridge, saw Southern carry the brunt of the blame too!

Once more Southern was back on the sidelines before eventually taking to social media to tell Twitter followers he wasn’t injured but wasn’t being selected, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that he was allowed to leave the Highbury Stadium for a loan with Shrewsbury less than a week later….

Asked by the Blackpool Gazette if he could still have a future at the club he said it wasn’t likely with him not up to ‘the physical standards’ he would expect of him.

‘Is the door still open for Keith? Probably not, I’ll be honest.

‘We don’t know if he’s up to the physical standards we expect.’

He also said his current absence from the first-team squad in pre-season, he didn’t go to Germany and is thought to be training with the youth team at the moment, was due to a ‘slight niggle’ at present.

Adding, having realised he perhaps shouldn’t have said what he had that the door wasn’t completely closed as ‘it’s stupid to do that’ but it isn’t too likely.

‘I think he’s got a slight niggle at the moment. But if he got back to the maximum fitness he can, we’d probably never say never.

‘He has been a good player in the past but it will be difficult

‘I probably won’t close the door completely because it’s stupid to do that. We need him to match the physical fitness levels we set.’

I think it’s safe to say the 34-year-old has played his last match for us hasn’t he! How his failed Cod Army career ends though remains to be seen….

Also played the last game for us, which Alexander had spoken about last week, seems to be Gareth Evans with the winger confirmed as a trialists with League 2 side Portsmouth on Saturday whereas the released Jeff Hughes has found a new club.

Hughes has signed a two-year contract with Cambridge after his release at the end of his contract.


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