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.
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 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 boss Phil Brown has been nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for November.
The Shrimpers ended the month unbeaten to lift themselves to just outside the play-offs having earlier been fighting relegation.
Brown is up against Scunthorpe United's Graham Alexander, Gillingham's Justin Edinburgh and Charlton interim manager Kevin Nugent.
Southend's run in the EFL Trophy is over though.
They were beaten on penalties by Oxford United at Roots Hall last night, while Norwich City's under 23s are also out of the competition after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Carrow Road.
Southend United striker Nile Ranger has agreed a new contract with the club.
The 25-year-old initially joined the Shrimpers in the summer following a trial but has impressed enough to earn a fresh deal that will run until 2020.
The former Newcastle United youngster has scored twice in his nine appearances for Southend and has helped Phil Brown's side climb to the brink of the play-off spots.
Southend United have signed former West Brom and Celtic striker Marc-Antoine Fortuné on a deal until January.
The 35-year-old impressed on trial at Roots Hall and has done enough to earn a short-term contract.
Fortuné has also played for the likes of Wigan Athletic and Coventry City and could make his Southend debut against Peterborough United on Saturday.
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Southend United defender Adam Thompson has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.
The 23-year-old has been a key member of the Shrimpers backline in recent months, and has also scored twice this season.
The new deal will keep Thompson at Roots Hall until the summer of 2017.
I'm buzzing to have extended my deal.
I knew there was an option for another year, and that I had to work hard to get that option and I'm just glad the club thinks I deserve it.
Hopefully next year, using this season as a marker, we can kick on and challenge for promotion.
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