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Southend United striker retires

Neil Harris has retired from football Credit: PA

Southend United striker Neil Harris has retired from football.

The 35-year-old has found it hard to recover from a knee injury sustained last season, and has now decided to call time on his career.

The former Cambridge City forward will be best remembered for his time at Millwall, where he netted an impressive 138 goals in two spells with the club.

Play-off agony for Southend

Southend United will have to spend at least another season in League Two after losing to Crewe, on aggregate, in their play-off semi final last night.

Paul Sturrock's men were up against it from the start with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg to overturn.

Ajay Leitch-Smith put the visitors in front (2-0 on aggregate) only for Neil Harris to hit back for United in the second half.

Seventeen-year-old Max Clayton scored the goal that put Crewe through in the 86th minute.

Southend scored a consolation goal through Chris Barker in the 88th minute, but they couldn't add to their total.

Crewe face either Cheltenham or Torquay in the final.

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