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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

Southend's Brown on Manager of the Month shortlist

Phil Brown's Southend side are currently 10th in League One. Credit: PA

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.


Ranger commits his future to Southend United

Nile Ranger is staying at Southend. Credit: PA

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 bring in free agent Fortuné

Marc-Antoine Fortuné has joined Southend United on a free transfer. Credit: PA

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.


Defender Thompson extends Southend United deal

Adam Thompson is staying at Roots Hall. Credit: PA

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.

– Adam Thompson, Southend United

Southend United star Leonard facing long spell on the sidelines

Ryan Leonard will be missing until April. Credit: PA

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.

The 23-year-old was injured courtesy of a heavy challenge from Colchester United's Alex Gilbey during Saturday's Essex derby.

Gilbey was shown a straight red card.

Scans have revealed that Leonard sustained medial ligament damage.

Norwich City striker Loza returns to Southend United on loan

Jamar Loza celebrates his only senior goal for Norwich City at Huddersfield Town last season. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season.

Loza is no stranger to Roots Hall, having also spent time on loan there in 2014.

The deal includes the option for a permanent move in the summer.

"I've worked with Jamar before, he's a likeable guy. He comes in with a smile on his face, trains with a smile on his face and plays with a smile on his face.

He knows us well, we know him well, we know he's got pace and a eye for goal. He leads the line, he's gets in behind, and he's a threat with his goal prowess.

We thought it was a no brainer to bring in Jamar until the end of the season, it provides us an opportunity to know and understand the player even more whilst forming a basis for continuity once the loan period comes to an end with a view to a permanent deal at the end of it."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager
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