Port sign former Premier League keeper as Lussey has Coven­try trial

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

SOUTH­PORT FC have con­firmed the sign­ing of goal­keeper Mark Hal­stead on a free trans­fer.

Hal­stead joines Ethan Jones and Kaiman An­der­son in mak­ing the move from Shrews­bury Town to the Merseyrail Com­mu­nity Sta­dium. The trio were all re­leased ear­lier in the sum­mer.

The 26-year-old made 26 ap­pear­ances for the Shrews af­ter join­ing from Black­pool in 2014 but was un­able to claim the num­ber one po­si­tion for him­self.

He pre­vi­ously made one Premier League ap­pear­ance for the Seasiders, com­ing off the bench against Chelsea.

Early in his ca­reer, Hal­stead spent loan spells at nearby Burscough and Hyde United.

He is now train­ing with the Yel­lows and will of­fi­cially join the club on Au­gust 1.

South­port man­aager Alan Lewer told the club’s web­site: “I’ve watched him a lot in the last six months. He’s a league stan­dard goal­keeper.

“We’ve done un­be­liev­ably well to bring him to the club.

“Mark has am­bi­tions that sit well with what we’re try­ing to achieve in get­ting the club back to where it be­longs and I’m very pleased to wel­come him to South­port.”

Former South­port FC mid­fielder Jor­dan Lussey is on trial at Coven­try City.

The 22-year-old, who started out at Liver­pool’s academy, is un­der­stood to be one of a num­ber of tri­al­ists look­ing to im­press Sky Blues boss Mark Robins this pre­sea­son.

The Reds’ Academy grad­u­ate was a reg­u­lar for the Liver­pool Un­der 21 side, hav­ing joined the club in 2002, and trav­elled with Bren­dan Rodgers’ Europa League squad to face Be­sik­tas in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

He joined South­port in Septem­ber last sea­son and was one of the club’s stand out play­ers be­fore sus­tain­ing a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury in the Box­ing Day clash against Wrex­ham. The in­jury kept him out for the rest of the sea­son. Lussey has since un­der­gone ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and an­nounced that he had left South­port in May.

Coven­try will play in League Two next sea­son af­ter fin­ish­ing 11 points from safety in 2016/17.

Jor­dan Lussey in ac­tion for South­port Si­mon Mar­shall

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