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Southend United present opportunity for experienced EFL man

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Former Nottingham Forest defender Greg Halford may have found himself a new club after a year and a half away from football.

According to Echo News, Halford is currently training with League Two strugglers Southend United as he eyes up a return to the game.

Halford last played for Aberdeen in 2019, but only played twice in a brief spell, and since the summer of 2019 he has been without a club.

The 35-year-old has played all over the country and all over the pitch in his 18-year professional career, starting at Colchester United where he made his name as a very effective utility player.

A big-money move to Reading followed in 2007, and over the years Halford has rocked up to many a big club, including Sunderland, Sheffield United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth and Forest, the latter where he’s made his most appearances since his Colchester days.

He’s found regular football difficult to come by since departing Cardiff in the summer of 2018, and if Southend do choose to sign him, they may not need to pay anything at all.

Halford himself recently stated he’s willing to play somewhere for free until January, but the Shrimpers would have to sort out their current transfer embargo first before being able to register him.

The Verdict

Fans of Halford’s former clubs will be happy that he’s seemingly found a new club, as he’s done a job everywhere he’s been.

And despite Southend being rooted to the bottom of the EFL, it could be a good time for Halford to come in and make a huge difference at the back.

He will add some desperately needed experience should he sign, but clearly chairman Ron Martin needs to get his house in order before Halford can step onto the pitch.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

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