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Southend United considering striker Nile Ranger's future

Ranger admitted switching over £2,000 from a woman's account to another in 2015. Credit: PA

Southend United say they'll take time to consider striker Nile Ranger's future, after he was jailed for online banking fraud.

The 26-year-old joined the Shrimpers last August, and signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the League One club in December.

He's been jailed for eight months after admitting to charges of conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

The club needs time to consider its position and also the impact of this startling, unexpected, outcome...

This offence occurred long before Nile joined the club and everyone deserves a second chance, which the club has afforded Nile.

Nile Ranger is unlikely to ever be a model professional, however during his time at Southend his behaviour has been acceptable and improved.

– Ron Martin, Chairman

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Southend United ready for one last play-off push

It's last chance saloon for Southend United this weekend in their bid to break into League One play-offs.

Agonisingly, they're still a point outside the top six going into their final game of the season against Bury on Sunday but defeat for Millwall could open the door.

Elsewhere, Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has signed a new two-year contract ahead of their game against Gillingham at Sixfields.

This weekend's other fixtures

  • Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday (The Championship)
  • Leeds United v Norwich City (The Championship)
  • Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Gillingham (League One)
  • Walsall v MK Dons (League One)
  • Accrington Stanley v Luton Town (League Two)
  • Cambridge United v Crawley Town (League Two)
  • Leyton Orient v Colchester United (League Two)
  • Yeovil Town v Stevenage (League Two)

Southend United legend Barrett retires from football

Adam Barrett is retiring. Credit: PA

Southend United legend Adam Barrett has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.

The defender made 354 appearances for the Shrimpers during his time at the club, scoring 33 goals.

The 37-year-old also played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Gillingham.

It has been an honour and a privilege to represent Southend United Football Club for many years and I am extremely proud to have been given the role of Captain during both spells.

I have many happy memories and experienced fantastic times at the club. I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to the Chairman and staff for everything they have done for me over the years.

Lastly, I would like to thank the supporters who have shown unbelievable support from the day I joined and are a large part of why the bond I have with the club is so special. I cannot thank you all enough.

– Adam Barrett, former Southend United captain

Tottenham loan midfielder Amos to Southend United

Luke Amos makes a tackle for Tottenham's academy side. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luke Amos has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is yet to feature for Spurs' first team but was named on the bench for their EFL Cup tie at Liverpool back in October.

Amos, who is an England youth international, could make his Shrimpers debut at Fleetwood Town today.

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Southend winding up order dismissed after debt is cleared

Southend United's debt has been cleared Credit: PA

A judge has dismissed a bid to wind up League One football club Southend United after being told that a debt had been cleared.

Tax officials had made an application for a winding up order.

But Registrar Nicholas Briggs dismissed the application - at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London on Monday - after a lawyer representing HM Revenue & Customs told him that money owed has been paid.

No indication of the size of the debt emerged at the hearing.

Former Ipswich striker agrees Southend United move

Frank Nouble in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble on a deal until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old was recently released by League One rivals Gillingham after joining them on a short-term contract in the autumn.

Nouble has also played for the likes of West Ham and Coventry City in a nomadic career, as well as enjoying a spell at Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed Cardiff City forward Eli Phipps for an undisclosed fee.

Southend United suspend Ranger until further notice

Southend have suspended striker Nile Ranger until further notice

Southend United have confirmed that Nile Ranger has been suspended until further notice.

The suspension will remain in place until the FA, and Club, have completed their investigations into the circumstances that have led to Ranger's interim suspension.

The FA process is likely to take 10-14 days to conclude and Southend say they hope to be able to bring the matter to a close by the end of the month.

In a statement the club said

The Club recognises the difficulties Nile Ranger has suffered in the past and, although to a lesser extent, that continue to impact on the present. It is therefore fair that the Club comes to a decision only when all the facts, and factors, are to hand. A negative decision, and consequential termination of Nile’s contract, would effectively undo all the good work the Club, Manager Phil Brown and his team mates have achieved to date. However, no player is more important than the Club.

– Southend United FC
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